It 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.
Many 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.
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
- Stage 1: Prolog in Apeldoorn. Dutch beer
- Stage 2: Arnhem -- Nijmegen. Dutch Trappist beer
- Stage 3: Nijmegen -- Arnhem
- Stage 4: Catanzaro -- Praia a Mare. At last some Italian wine.
- Stage 5: Praia a Mare -- Benevento
- Stage 6: Ponte -- Roccaraso [Aremogna]
- Stage 7: Sulmona -- Folgino
- Stage 8: Foligno -- Arezzo
- Stage 9: Chianti Classico -- Wine stage of the year
- Stage 10: Campo Bisenzio -- Sestola
- Stage 11: Modena -- Asolo
- Stage 12: Noale -- Bibione
- Stage 13: Palmanova -- Cicidale del Friuli
- Stage 14: Alpago (Farra) -- Corvara
- Stage 15: Casterotto/Kastelruth -- Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm. Up hill time trial
- Stage 16: Bressanone/Brixen -- Andalo
- Stage 17: Molveno -- Cassano d'Adda
- Stage 18: Muggió -- Pinerolo
- Stage 19: Pinerolo -- Risoul
- Stage 20: Guillestre -- Sant'Anna di Vinadio
- Stage 21: Cueno -- Torino
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