There were no big surprises at yesterday’s stage. I would have exepected some attacks up the last, long ascent, if not for anything else, for the King of the Mountain jersey. But André Greipel winning a sprint, was what we could expect.
We are still on Sardinia. The third stage, before leaving the island, is another rather flat stage. I expect another mass sprint.
Now we are entering more interesting wine territory..
On the southern part, a bit north of the city Cagliari, we find Cantina Argiolas. Franco and Pepetto Argiolas started wine production at Sardinia in the early 1900s. They were convinced that Sardinia could only be compettitive if they could produce some wines that were really gems. They teamed up with the oenologist Giacomo Tachis and together they developed the wine Turriga. This is a wine made from four grapes. Carignano is a grape grown a lot in Languedoc, where it is known as Carignan. Then there is Malvasia Nera, which is also grown in Tuscany. The fourth is Bovale Sardo, a native grape in Sardinia.
If we go a bit further to south-west, we find Cantina Santadi, a cooperatvie dedicated to quality. Their best known wine is Terre Brune, made from the navtive type of Carginan, known as Carignano del Sulcis.
The first rest day is after this stage, while they transfer to Sicily. We’ll meet again (virtually) on Sicily Tuesday.
Italian Wines 2016
Italian Wines is published yearly by Gambero Rosso. This is a detailed guide to Italian Wines. 22 000 wines from 2 400 producers are listed in the book. If you want to fine the best wines from the various regions of Italy, this is your guide. This is a type of book I usually use when I am visiting producers, to find the producers to visit.
The book is available in a paper edition and a Kindle edition. One year, I bought the Kindle edition. But for this kind of book, I prefer the paper version. It is available from Amazon UK on paper and for Kindle. And from Amazon US in paperback and as Kindle edition.
Native Wine Grapes of Italy
If you are or want to become an Italian wine nerd, you can add this book to your library. Italy has many native grapes, many more than the 375 that are discussed in this book. There are many unclassified grapes that cannot be used in classified wines.
This book is available in hardcover and Kindle edition, and to my surprise: Last time I checked, the Kindle verison was mor expensive than the hardcover version. For a book like this, I prefer a paper version.
Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d'Italia 2017
- Stage 1: Alghero -- Olbia
- Stage 2: Olbia -- Tortolì
- Stage 3: Tortolì -- Cagliari
- Stage 4: Cefalù -- Etna
- Stage 5: Pedara -- Messina
- Stage 6: Reggio Calabria -- Terme Luigiane
- Stage 7: Castrovillari -- Alberobello (Valle d'Itria)
- Stage 8: Molfetta — Peschici
- Stage 9: Montenero di Bisaccia — Blockhaus
- Stage 10: Foligno -- Montefalco
- Stage 11: Firenze (Ponte A Ema) — Bagno de Romagna
- Stage 12: Forlì — Reggio Emilio
- Stage 13: Reggio Emilia — Tortona
- Stage 14: Castellania — Oropa (Biella)
- Stage 15: Valdengo — Bergamo
- Stage 16: Rovetta — Bormio
- Stage 17: Tirano — Canazei (Val di Fassa)
- Stage 18: Moena (Val di Fassa) — Oristei/St. Ulrich (Val Gardena)
- Stage 19: San Candido/Innichen — Piancavallo
- Stage 20: Pordenone — Asiago
- Stage 21: Monza — Milano
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