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Wine and some other drinks of Tour de France 2016. Stage 3: Granville — Angers

I was not a surprise that Peter Sagan won yesterday’s stage. Now he will probably defend the yellow jersey as long as he can. If he escapes accident, no one will take more then 14 seconds on him on today’s stage.

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We could have chosen some more cidre and calvados, and we could probably have found some more beers.. But we are approaching the Loire valley, and finally we can start to look for some interesting wines.

I have to admit that I do not know the wines from the Loire Valley as good as I should. When I am thinking of Loire Wines, it tende to be either Muscadet,  from about where it flows out in the ocean, an excellent wine for sea food in the summer. Or Muscadet and Puilly Fumé from further up the valley. But between these, there are many excellent wines.

We come into the Loire Valley in the district Anjou. I am first thinking of the rosé Cabernet d’Anjou, made from Cabernet Franc. It was popular when I was young. But a half dry rosé, taht is not my favourite today. When I retasted this some years ago, it was clear that it was no longer among my favourites. During the summer, I often drink rosé when I in cooler seasons would have been drinking  red wine. But it shall by dry.

It is always a good idea to start with som sparkling wine. Crémant is sparkling wines from France made with traditional method, with second fermenting in the bottle,  outside Champagen.

Crémant de Loire is usualley made from the grape Chenin Blanc, a grape that is at its best in Loire.

A little to the south-west of the arrival town Angers we find the area Savnnières. It is facing south, on the right bank of the Loire river. This is regarded as the best area for white wines in this part of Loire. Inside this area, we find the two AOP-classified areas Roch-ax-Moines and Coulée-de-Serrat, which are regarded as the best areas in Savenniéres. The wines are made from Chenin blanc. They make dery, semi-dry and sweet wines.  The semi-dry may have to be stored or decades before they are at theri best. The production is small..

As a dessert, we can move a bit further south, to  Coteaux-du-Layon, where we can find some excellent sweet dessert wines. The one held in highest esteem is from Quarts-de-Chaume. These are also wines produced from Chenin Blanc. The wines that are mentioned, proves what Chanin Blanc can offer in this area.

The well known English wine magazine Decanter had recently selected the world’s best wines.   Andre Davy, Domaine de la Roche Moreau, Coteaux du Layon 1er Cru Chaume, were awarded a platinum medal, as Best Sweet Loire over £15.

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Wine and some other drinks of Tour de France 2016. Stage 2: Saint-Lô — Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

We are still in Normandy, in the district Manche. What many of us call The English channel, is La Manche in France. It is unthinkabe that the French should call sea outside the French coast as something like “The English …”.

Mark Cavendish is back on track, winning the first stage and starting in yellow today. But I do not think he will keep it after today’s stage. It is an uphill finish. Not a reali climb, but still too hard for the typical sprinters. And there may be some time differences after this stage.

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Vi can start with a beer today too. Brasserie Eldorado is in Cherbourg. It seems to be a brew pub, but I do not have much information on this brewery or their beers.

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Wine and some other drinks of Tour de France 2016. Stage 1: Mont-Saint-Michel / Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

Here we go again. It is time for Tour de France. The first stage is in Normandie, starting at the spectacular Mont Saint Michel and ending in Utah Beach.

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Mont Saint Michel is at the border between Brittany and Normandy. It is in Normandy, but the river Couesnon the flows out in the ocean next to Mont Saint Michel is the border between these two regions.

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Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 3: Nijmegen — Arnhem

Stage 3 is another flat, 190 km stage. We start were yesterday’s stage ended, and end where it started. But the riders will follow a stage to the east of the cities.

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This will be another day with Dutch beer. Frankly, I think it will be hard to find better beers in the Netherlands than we had yesterday. We may try to find som local beers. But they are hard to find if you are not there. And I am sitting in Oslo when writing this, and have not been in the Netherlands since last summer.

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Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 2: Arnhem — Nijmegen. Dutch Trappist beer

It was a popular win for Tom Demoulin yesterday. I Dutch rider in pink should give a good pink week end in the Netherlands. He will probably ride in pink until the Giro leaves for Italy.

Stage 2 is a flat 190 km stage, starting in Arnhem, some 35 km south of Apeldoorn. It goes north, south-west, south-east and then north to the finish town Nijmegen, a little south of Arnhem. It is flat, and will probably be won by one of the sprinters, but with little or no time differences. There are bonus seconds, but the best sprinters are more than 10 seconds behind, and will not gain enough time to take the pink jersey.

Giro_2016_02It will be another day with Dutch beer. Yesterday it  those industry beers that are dominating the Dutch market too much. Today, we go for something more interesting. It is time for some Dutch Trappist beer.

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Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 1: Prolog in Apeldoorn. Dutch beer

This year’s Giro starts with a 9.9 km prolog in Apeldoorn in the Netherland, ca 100 km east of Amsterdam.

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We are too far north to find wine, at least to find local wine. This means that we have to start with Dutch beer. Before we start sipping Dutch beer, we have to have a very brief introcuction to beer.

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Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – introduction

 Tomorrow is the start of Giro d’Italia.

In 2010 I started to search for wines along the Tour de France route. It was virtual searches. I searched for wines from the areas, I did not travel in all these areas. (But I would like to do). In 2011 I followed up with Giro d’Italia. Although I did choose French and Italien titles (“Les vins du Tour de France” and “I vini del Giro d’Italia”), they were written in Norwegian. The idea was simply to make Tour the France and Giro d’Italia my plan for learning more about Frenh and Italian wine. But even though France and Italy are the two countries in the world with the highest production  of wine, there are still areas where wine is not produced. When the riders are in these areas, we have to search for interesting beer or something else.

This year I have decided to do versions in English, in addition to the Norwegian versions. I have learned a lot about French and Italian wines by writing these blog series. But still it is easier for me to research the French than the Italian wines. We have an appartement i France, and spend many weeks there — of course drinking french wine while we are there. I read French, but not Italian, meaning that it is easier for me to find information on French wines. I am not pretending to be an expert. It is more like inviting you to join my journey of learning.

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