Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 17: Molveno — Cassano d’Adda

Giro_2016_00-17Steven Kruijswijk kept his lead, or he actually improved it, and is now 3 minutes ahead of no 2. He will be hard to beat. But it is not over before it is over.

Today, the sprinters who have survived, will get a new chance. Given that they do not loose contact on the smaller climbs at the first part of the stage. But they should not be too hard. I expect a bunch sprint, with no obvious favourite.

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We start in Trento. For a short time we will be in Trentino DOC, but there is nothing to add to what I wrote yesterday, or at least I will not going further into details.

We then arrive in Lombardia. The production of wine in Lombardia is relatively small. And a large part of the regions wine is sold i Milan and other places in the region. A lot of the region’s wines can be hard to find outside the region.

We are comming into Lombardia near Lake Garda. It seems that we are a bit to the west of the wine district But we start with Garda DOC. This is a DOC that covers areas on both sides of Lake Garda, menaing that it is part in Veneto, part in Lombardia. The part in Lombardia is called Garda Classico. Most of the wines are dry white wines, made from Pinot Griogio, Chardonnay, Riesling, Riesling Italico (Grasevina) and Cortese.

They also produce a rosé made from the local grape Gropello, under the name Garda Classico Ciaretto. One of the better is made by La Guardia.

Garda Bresciano DOC is to a large extent overlapping with the Lombardian part of Garda DOC. But as Garda DOC is less strict and allows for more variations, most producers prefer Garda DOC.

There are also good red wine from Garda DOC, produced from Cabernet Sauvignon by Cascina la Pertica.

When approaching Brescia, we ar going through, or nearby Botticino DOC. In Botticino there is a tradiotion of producing a light, often a bit fizzante red wine, made from Sangiovese, Marzemino, Schiava and Barbera.

When we continue towards Cassano d’Addo, we are a bit south of the interesting wine districts. But a bit west of Brescia, we find the two overlapping Franciacorta DOCG and Curtefranca DOC.

Franciacorta is Italy’s best sprkling wine. The name is said to come from the medieval “Franche curtes”, meaning free farms, from the time monastries were exempted from taxes on their agricultural products. The area hasbeen known for good wines for hundreds of years. But it was the oenolog Franco Zillani who in the 1950s convinced the house Berlucchi to start production of sparkling wine the same way as in Champagne. It was an imediate success. In 1975 their Cuvée Imperiale was the most sold Italian wine of its type.

Eventually, the local production of grapes was not enogh to meet the demand. Berlucchi started to buy grapes form nearby Oltrepò Pavese, Trentino – Alto Adige and Piemonte.For this reason, many of their wines are not sold as DOCG. Other producers started to make the same kind of wine. It is produced from Chardonnay,Pinot Noir and Pinot bianco, using the same method as for champagne. The category Satèn is made only form white/green grapes — their version of Balnc de blancs. Compared to champagne, Franciacorta usually has a litt less acidity, and a little more sweetness, because the grapes are grown in a warmer climate.

Under Curtefranca DOC, they produce still white and red wine.

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