Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 19: Pinerolo — Risoul

Giro_2016_00-19It ain’t over before it is over. There may be a Trentin comming out of nowhere.

Today the stage go into France. Up, up and up. This stage is hard. The riders will get time to warm up for the first 30 km, and then it starts. Up to Colle dell’Agnello, the Cima Coppi this year, 2744 meters. Down, and then uphill to a top finish in Risoul.

Giro_2016_19SIMG_1080_DxOMany farmers do not like wolves. In Norway there is a constant conflict between farmers who rise sheeps, and those who want to protect wildlife. This is the situation in France too. My impression is that it is not as fierce in Italy. Frankly, I do not know. The mascot of this year’s Giro d’Italia, is a wolf, Lupo Wolfie. It is the one that the winners of the Pink jersey get. The farmers on the French side have said the Lupo Wolfie is not welcome in France. I think Lupo Wolfie is a cute little wolf, and hope he will vist France.

It is hard to find wines from mountain stages like this. We have to bring something from the start. Pinerolese DOC is the area around Pinerolo. Classified wines are made from Bonarda piemonese, Dolcetto and Fresia.

Two special and rare wines from the area are  Doux d’Henry and Ramie.

Doux d’Henry is named after the grape with teh same name. It is said that it is named after the French king Henry IV, who travelled through this area in the 1600s.

The production is small, ca 5000 bottles a year. I have never tasted the wine. But if I should come across a bottle of Doux d’Henry, I will be very intersting to taste it.

Ramie is only produced in the two municipalities  Pomaretto og Perosa Argentina, at small, terraced vineyards.  The origin of the name Ramie, is an unsolved mystery. It is made from several local grapes, with minimum amount given: Avana (30%), Avarengo (15%) og Neretto (20%). Up to 35% can be other grapes. The production is small, about the same as Doux d’Henry.

There is not much interesting wine in this part of the French Alps.

Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d'Italia 2016

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