Sunday, May 27, 2012

Wines of the Giro Stage 21: Oh Canada

A 30.1 km time trial in Milan to not just complete the race, but to decide the winner. Hard to imagine an ending that could be more fun. Well, except Basso in pink and Cavendish in red. That said, I'm hoping for a Hesjedal victory in the race and Phinney for the stage. The facts before the start of the day:
Joaquim Rodriguez leads Ryder Hesjedal by 31 seconds, with Michele Scarponi and Thomas De Gendt lurking in the background at 1.51 and 2.18. 
The first surprise of the day: road conditions have led to today’s course to be shortened by nearly 2 kilometers. It will now be run over 28.2km instead of the originally scheduled 30km.
The second surprise, and not a good one, was Taylor Phinney's lead bike making a big mistake. From Twitter:
nealrogers 5:24am via Web
Crushing that Phinney's been slogging over mountains thinking of this Milan TT, only to have lead moto miss turn & take him off course #giro
And later:
nealrogers 6:38am via Web
Phinney: "I don't think it's worth trying to estimate how much time I lost. At the end of the day, shit happens. It's bad luck." #giro

That done it was time to wait for the gc contenders. And they made it exciting. Ryder Hesjedal became the first Canadian rider to win a grand tour when he finished 47 seconds ahead of overnight leader Joaquim Rodríguez to claim the Giro d'Italia title by a mere 16 seconds.

A picture is worth a thousand words #ryderhesjedal #Giro #Victory

Stage: Marco Pinotti
Final GC:
  1. Ryder Hesjedal, Garmin-Barracuda
  2. Joaquim Rodriguez, Katusha, at 0.16
  3. Thomas De Gendt, Vacansoleil, at 1.39
  4. Michele Scarponi, Lampre, at 2.05
  5. Ivan Basso, Liquigas, at 3.44
  6. Damiano Cunego, Lampre, at 4.40


Zuliani Garda Classico DOC Groppello Riserva

From the producer, with some help from Google translate:
Zuliani's family is among the most ancient and glorious families of Valtenesi. Historical sources say that this family was already present in Venice in 741 AD where he held high offices of state. Was the wealthy who shunned the din of political and social activity, preferring the tranquility of rural living, where the growing interest in research and study of the arts and sciences. The Zuliani were defined Homini of great intellect and just maybe because of their nature shy and withdrawn, this clan was born, over the centuries, with the most eminent astronomers, doctors, painters, sculptors, military and chemicals.

Son of the oldest wine-making tradition Valtenesi Groppello is made from grapes coming from the vine to 90% - considered a rarity in the wine grown only in Valtenesi-and 10% from Marzemino. In the range of wines of Lake Garda is one of the emblematic products of the area. Our Company reserves special treatment to this wine carefully selecting the grapes, the harvest is the correct maturation of the grapes, paying particular attention to the health of the cluster and in particular to the skin - the main source of the scent and taste characteristic of this type of grape. The fermentation on the skins lasts about 20-25 days, then proceed to the separation of the wort slowly decanting wine.

two years with effect from November 1 of the year the grapes of which at least three months in bottle
Ruby red color with garnet, intense and spicy sweet spices, rich taste, soft and enveloping, with a good consistency, a slightly tannic with almonds.
Tasty dishes of meat and processed, roasted venison and Brescia.

I say:
And we have the final Giro wine of 2012. Red berries, mineral notes and tannins. Smooth. In honor of Ivan Basso perhaps I should say tranquilo?

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