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Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 8: Foligno – Arezzo

Giro_2016_00-08Stage 8 is 186 km, mainly up the Tiber River valley. The climb up to Alpe di Poti near the end, 6,4 km on dirt roads will drop many riders, and the descent to the finish i too short to regain what is lost.

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We start in Foligno, where we ended yesterday. Which also means that we are starting and are spending the first part of the stage in Umbria.

We are passing through Assisi, the town how the monk St. Francis of Assisi. I am not a religious person. But we do not have to be religious to appreciate Francis of Assisi’s prayer “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”, sung by Sinnead O’Connor.

Back to wine. In Assisi DOC, the vineyards are located from 180 to 550 meters above sea level. The producer Sportoletti is known for good quality. Among their wines are a white Assisi Grechetto and a red Assisi Rosso made from Sangiovese and Merlot.

We leave Umbria through Colli Altotiberini DOC. This is Umbria northernmost wine area. The wines are mainly white made from Trebbiano Toscano, and a red made from Sangiovese and some Merlot. Fattoria Colle del Sole is a producer with a good reputation.

The stage ends in Tuscany, one of the best and well known wine regions in Italy. But we enter Tuscany in one of the parts where tere are no classified wines. Then we make a little turn in the ouskirts of Chianti, before arriving in Arezzo. But as tomorrow’s stage is a time trial in Chinati Classico, we leave Chianti until tomorrow.

At stage 6, I mentioned the Montepulciano confusion. Some 60 km south of today’s arrival city, Abruzzo, is the town Montepulciano. Get a glass or a bottle of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and compare it to a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

Italian Wines 2016

1890142174Italian 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.

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Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 7: Sulmona — Folgino

Giro_2016_00-07Stage 7 is long, 211 km, and wavy. If the sprinters hang on to the finish, it may be another day for them. Those who are competing for pink, will not care too much about a stage win.

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We stay up in the Apennines. We start in Abruzzo, cross a part of Lazio and end in Umbria. For Abruzzo, there is nothing to add to what we covered yesterday. The part of Lazio that we will be crossing, is not where we find the best wines from Lazio. We then enter Umbria.

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Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 6: Ponte — Roccaraso [Aremogna]

Giro_2016_00-06When Marcel Kittel did not have what it takes to win, another German sprinter stepped in. But today’s stage is not a stage for the sprinters. Stage 6 takes us into the Apennines, and is the first stage this year with a top finsih. It is not the hardest climb, but a climb that will leave the sprinters behind.

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We start in Campania. But we drank the best wines of Campania yesterday, or at least we talked about them.

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Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 5: Praia a Mare — Benevento

Stage 4 turned out to be too hard for the sprinters. Tom Dumoulin regained the pink jersey. Marcel Kittel, now more than 8 minutes behind, will never get it back.

Stage 5 starts where stage 4 ended.

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And then the more detailed stage map.

 

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Now the wine start to get interesting. Again I quote from Gambero Rosso Italian Wines 2016: Continue reading Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 5: Praia a Mare — Benevento

Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 4: Catanzaro — Praia a Mare

Finally, we are in Italy. Stage 4 is a 200 km and wavy. The first 120 km is described as uncomplicated, with some climbs near the end.

I was no surprise that Marcel Kittil will start in pink when the giro arrives in Italy. My guess is that he sill keep the pink jersey for the next two days. But stage 6 is not for the sprinters.

I start with an overview, showing where in Italy we are.

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And then a more detailed map of the stage.

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Now we can cork the beer for a while, and start searching for wine. The start is in Calabria, we pass through a part of Basilicata, before ending in Campania. Below is a map of the classified wine regions in Calabria. Continue reading Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 4: Catanzaro — Praia a Mare

Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – introduction

 Tomorrow is the start of Giro d’Italia.

In 2010 I started to search for wines along the Tour de France route. It was virtual searches. I searched for wines from the areas, I did not travel in all these areas. (But I would like to do). In 2011 I followed up with Giro d’Italia. Although I did choose French and Italien titles (“Les vins du Tour de France” and “I vini del Giro d’Italia”), they were written in Norwegian. The idea was simply to make Tour the France and Giro d’Italia my plan for learning more about Frenh and Italian wine. But even though France and Italy are the two countries in the world with the highest production  of wine, there are still areas where wine is not produced. When the riders are in these areas, we have to search for interesting beer or something else.

This year I have decided to do versions in English, in addition to the Norwegian versions. I have learned a lot about French and Italian wines by writing these blog series. But still it is easier for me to research the French than the Italian wines. We have an appartement i France, and spend many weeks there — of course drinking french wine while we are there. I read French, but not Italian, meaning that it is easier for me to find information on French wines. I am not pretending to be an expert. It is more like inviting you to join my journey of learning.

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