Friday 27th May 2016
In Association with
At the Bike Shop Reigate, 31, Lesbourne Rd, Reigate, RH2 7JS
Discover the Wine Regions of Italy with a Canapé or two whilst following the Cima Coppi! (highest climb of the Giro!)
This is a high mountain stage featuring a summit finish, and “home” to the Cima Coppi. The route runs constantly uphill (on deceptively flat roads) over 80 km, all the way up to Casteldelfino. Here the road starts to climb up Colle dell’Agnello (Cima Coppi, 2744 m). The following 40 km run mostly downhill and lead to Guillestre, at the foot of the final climb. Beware of a few tunnels around km 135. The last 13 km run entirely uphill, with an average 7% gradient and 15 hairpins. The roadway is very wide and well surfaced. The home straight, 150 m in length, on 6-m wide asphalt road, has an 8% uphill gradient. The winner of this stage, that includes the Cima Coppi, will receive the Trofeo Torriani.
"Sartarelli is one of the premier,reference-point producers of fine Verdicchio. Readers should do whatever they can to taste these fabulous whites from the Marche." Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate
Helped by his great determination and his clear stylistic ideals, Massimo Di Lenardo is quickly becoming one of the most respected figures in Friuli, producing benchmark wines that are remarkably affordable.
"I can't think of a greater pinot bianco or pinot blanc than this. The aromas and flavors are so subtle but complex with minerals, flint, hints of flowers, sliced pear and apple. Full-bodied with creamy acidity and a long finish[...] Speechless. Already sold out in the US. One of the greatest dry white of Italy recently released." James Suckling on Terlaner
“Mount Etna, an active volcano on Sicily, is best known for its red wines. But the white wines can be terrific as well, like this one from Benanti, one of Etna’s old-timers. It’s made entirely from the carricante grape, grown almost 3,000 feet up in the foothills, and it’s simply delicious: dry, savory and lipsmacking.” (Etna Bianco Biancodicaselle) Eric Asimov, New York Times
"Caparzo is another historic property that seems to be enjoying a resurgence, something that is great to see. These new releases are outstanding." Antonio Galloni, Vinous 2013
Tenute Rubino has kept releasing, one vintage after the other, wines of great interest, character and consistency.
In an archetypal “Chiantishire” countryside rises a Renaissance villa that is the home of the Principe Duccio Corsini (the medieval villa has been in the family since at least the 14th century), a cheroot-chewing connoisseur of Chianti and also a gardening expert (he holds a festival devoted to this passion each year). In contrast to the medieval origins of his family home, his world famous winemaker Carlo Ferrini helps him craft very modern wines. They display richness, depth of colour and fruit and noteworthy complexity without being over the top, and that are far removed from the thin, anemic Chiantis of decades past.
This is an aristocratic, very long-lived red, with aromas and flavours reminiscent of sour red cherries, raspberry, red roses and tar, just like Barolo and Barbaresco but usually livelier acidities, a lither structure and great refinement.