Time slipped away yesterday, so here is what should have been published yesterday.
Penne — I think of Penne as a tube-formed pasta. But I have not been able to find a link between the pasta and today’s departure town.
We are in Abruzzo, which is, to be Italys, a remarkably easy region to manage, at least when it comes to wine. There are three classic DOCs: The two most wellknown are the red Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and the white Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. The third is Controguerra, which is also mainly wines made from Montepulciano, but they allow some Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Frank.
When we are in this region, I always have a reminder of Italian naming conventions, and the confusion it can cause, in particular here. It is usually [grape] + [area]. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is wine made from Montepulciano in Abruzzo. Trebbiano d’Abruzzo is a wine made from Trebbiano in Abruzzo. But it can also be [type of wine] + [area]. In Tuscany there is a town named Montepulciano, and in the area around Montepulciano, they produce the wine Vino nobile di Montepulciano. This wine is made from Sangiovese, and is very different from Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. The first time I tasted Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, I was thinking of Vino nobile di Montepulciano, and was surprised how different they were. But eventually I learned.
Controguerra is north-east of today’s stage, so we will leave this area. There is also a DOCG-classification of a Montepulciano-wine from Abruzzo, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane. But today’s stage goes a bit further into the country. Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC is overlapping with Montepulciano d*Abuzzo and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. This is a classification for rosé. There is alos a wider, more general classification Abruzzo DOC, which has elevated the classification for Montepulciano-wines of high quality, such as Terre di Casauria, Terre dei Vestini and Alto
Trebbiano is a grape grown many places. I would think that they grow Montepulciano grapes other places as well. But it is at its best in Abruzzo
Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d'Italia 2018
- This years’s Giro started in Israel, I will start in Italy
- Stage 4: Catania — Caltagirone
- Stage 5: Agrigento — Santa Ninfa (Valle del Belice)
- Stage 6 Caltanisette — Etna
- Stage 7. Pizzo — Praia a Mare
- Stage 8. Praia a Mare — Montevergine di Mercogliano
- Stage 9: Pesco Sannita — Gran Sasso d’Italia (Campo Imperatore)
- Stage 10. Penne — Gualdo Tandino
- Stage 11. Assisi — Osimo
- Stage 12. Osimo — Imola
- Stage 13. Ferrara — Nervesa della Battaglia
- Stage 14. San Vito al Tagliamento — Monte Zoncolan
- Stage 15. Tolmezzo — Sappada
- Stage 16. Trento — Rovereto (Individual time trial)
- Stage 17. Riva del Garda — Iseo (Franciacorta stage)
- Stage 18. Abbiategrasso — Prato Nevoso
- Stage 19: Venaria Reale — Bardonecchia
- Stage 20: Susa — Cervinia
- Stage 21: The finale in Rome
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