Wines and other drinks of Giro d’Italia 2018: Stage 11. Assisi — Osimo

Today it is a stage with much up and down, but with no very chanllenging mountains. And the mountains are in the first part of the stage. But the finish is an ascent of ca 2 km, which means that this is not a stage for the sprinters.

We start in Umbria, in the birth town of Francis of Assisi. The classified wines from here are Assisi DOC. It includes many wines. They mainly produce a red from a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot. The same blend is also used for rosé. But they also produce varietal wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir (Pinot Nero).

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Wines and other drinks of Giro d’Italia 2018: Stage 10. Penne — Gualdo Tandino

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.
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Wines and other drinks of Giro d’Italia 2018: Stage 9: Pesco Sannita — Gran Sasso d’Italia (Campo Imperatore)

They were celebrating in Equador yesterday, as they got their second stage win in Giro d’Italia. We who come from small countries know how it feels when som of “our’s” succed internationally. It was a bit of drama near the end, when Chris Froome crashed. But when crashing uphill, the speed is not very high. Although they go faster uphill in an ascent like yesterday, than most of us do when it is flat. It did not cause any important chages in the GC.

It is getting tougher. Today is another summit finish, this time with one first category climb right after the other, and the finish is at 2000 meter above sea level. We must hope that we will see attacs from someone who will cause the GC-contenders to respond.

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Wines and other drinks of Giro d’Italia 2018: Stage 8. Praia a Mare — Montevergine di Mercogliano

As expected: It was a sprint finish. With 81 riders with the same time, there were noe important changes in the GC:

Today is another mountain top finish, but not as hard as the one on Etna.

We are now in Campagina. Campagnia means something lik field, land, farmland etc. It is a word we know from champ in Champs Ellysées, Champagne, Campaign, etc. Campaign is originally a military operation to sieze and occupy land, but we will leave the language there.

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Wines and other drinks of Giro d’Italia 2018: Stage 7. Pizzo — Praia a Mare

I was no unexpected with an exting finish yesterday, that caused some chnges in the GC-classification. Simon Ytes leads by 16 seconds on Tom Dumoulin.

Today it is flat. There is not a single categorised climb. This will be a stage for the sprinters, and it will not give changes among the GC-contenders, if they avoid accidents.

We are in Calabria, and the stage follows the ‘whrist’ of the Italian boot. If go some hundred years back in time, the wines from this region were popular. But as time went by, they could no longer compete with wines for Bordeaux and other parts of France, that were closer to the important markets in London and Amsterdam.

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Wines and other drinks of Giro d’Italia 2018: Stage 6 Caltanisette — Etna

Yesterday’s stage did not give significant changes. But today there is a mountain top finish, which can give som time differences.

This is the third and last stage on SIcily. Today the stage goes up to the volcano Etna. Etna is an active volcano. The eruptions are quite frequent, but usually not very violent. In 2011 there was an eruption just a few days before a giro-stage up here. For some time they did not know if they could ride the stage, but at the day of the race, they could.

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Wines and other drinks of Giro d’Italia 2018: Stage 5: Agrigento — Santa Ninfa (Valle del Belice)

It was an exiting final, and Tim Wellens was the fastest. But Dennis Rohan still leads the GC. one second beofore Tom Dumoulin.

We are still on Sicily. It is another up-and-down stage, with an uphill finish. But the finish is not as long or as steep as yesterday’s finish. But it is still not a stage for the typical sprinters.

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Wines and other drinks of Giro d’Italia 2018: Stage 4: Catania — Caltagirone

The GIro has come home to Italy, and here I join the race. We are on Sicily. So far, there are not large time gaps. Dennis Rohan leads by one second on last year’s winner, Tom Dumoulin. There are 11 riders within 30 seconds, and 47 within a minute. So far, it has not been a sucsess for Chris Froome, who is 19, 38 seconds after Dennis Rohan. But it is still a long way to go.

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This years’s Giro started in Israel, I will start in Italy

Giro d’Italia 2018 started in Israel today. As long as Israel continue their illegal occupation of Palestine, and the supression of the Palestine people, I am not going to promote any Israeli product.

I don’t know if there are some intersting Israeli wines, and I will not try to find out.

This is not an invitation to discuss Middel East politicts or Israeli products. You are of course free to discuss as much as you want, but not on my blog. These kind of comments will be deleted

Giro d’Italia will (re)start on Sicily Tuesday May 8. Sicily is one of the more intersting wine regions in Italy.