Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2017 – Stage 5: Pedara — Messina

The GC-contenders wanted to save energy. We did not see any real attacs, at least not the kind of attacks we want to see. “No-one wants to go too deep, too early” said Geraint Thomas. But Javier Moreno’s attack on Diego Rosa is the kind of attack we do not want to see. Javier Moreno was kicked out of the race for this incident..

We are still on Sicily, and go in the direction of Messina and the Messina Strait, before we go to the mainland tomorrow.

We end in the district Faro, and choose a wine from there. The wines are red, made from three different, traditional grapes: Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappucio are the two dominant grapes. Some times they also use Nocera, which can be up to 10% of the wine. The production is small, only ca 180 hl, or ca 2.000 cases. At the end of the 1970s, there were no Faro producers left.

Palari is the producer that is most frequently mentioned as a quality producer from Faro. Salvatore Geraci started to produce Faro wine to save the Faro DOC and prevent that the classification shold disappear. The wine was launched in 1994, and every year since, it has received honours in Gambero Rosso. The wine from Faro is an iconic, top Italian wine.

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

0520272269If 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.

Buy hardcover version from Amazon UK or Amazon US.

Buy Kindle version from Amazon UK or Amazon US.

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