Saturday, May 25, 2013

Wines of the Giro Stage 20: Andreas Baron Widmann Vernatsch & Nibali

Another day, another altered stage route. The original route went from Silandro/Schlanders to Tre Cime di Lavaredo. The plan was for 210 kilometers in the high mountains. But the weather has interfered yet again. 

The revised stage looks like this:
Essentially, the Passo di Costalunga, Passo di San Pellegrino and Passo Giau were all removed from originally planned route due to heavy snowfall. The change makes a Nibali victory even more certain, but also improves the chances of Mark Cavendish to win the red/points jersey, as Evans could not make points on the canceled stage 19. It also will create some interesting drama today around the closely contested white/young riders jersey. Perhaps we will see from fireworks from either Betancur or Majka today? My picks for the revised stage: Betancur, Evans, Sanchez and Nibali. 

And we have racing: 
giroditalia 4:49am via web
We got 4 riders in the break: Ermerti (AND), Brutt (KAT), Hansen (LTB) and Popovych. 108 km to go. Gap 6'53'' #giro

Nice day so far, but there is cold ahead:
Hard to believe it's warm spring morning at start, and excellent spring skiing conditions at Tre Cime at 2300m #giroextremes

As they neared the feedzone, some chatting in this peloton about the hard chase by Euskaltel. From CyclingNews: "Nibali seemed to have asked Euskaltel why they were chasing. These seems to be some friction in the bunch, perhaps between the two Spanish teams. Paolini is sticking his neck in as well and asking what's going on." Chasing for a Sanchez stage victory perhaps? Seventy-five kilometers to go and the gap was around seven minutes as Euskaltel continued to chase hard. 
Live from the finish. Breathtaking / L'arrivo di oggi. Stupendo. #giro

Sixty kilometers to go and the gap was hovering around six minutes. Green and beautiful for the riders so far, just as Eurosport showed images of snow and fog at the finish. 
By the way, the Giro offers a soundtrack for each stage:
Need a soundtrack for today's stage? Here it is! #giro ♫ Tappa 20: Silandro - Tre Cime di Lavaredo #NowPlaying

55 km to go. The break is in Dobbiaco. They have 5'28''. / 55 km al termine. La fuga è a Dobbiaco. Hanno un vantaggio di 5'28'' #giro

Time for the intermediate sprint point and Cavendish came to the front to take two points. Strangely, he was challenged by a Vini Fantini rider. Cavendish clearly did not appreciate the challenge, but took the points anyway.

Peloton soon riding into a wall of snow, falling thick and wet at finish line; road surface is wet, no freezing yet
Nibali looks untouchable, but white jersey, podium, stage-win still up for grabs - should be wild finale with uphill charge thru blizzard

Forty-four kilometers to go, the gap was around 4:45 and Be-in US went live. It turned out, by the way, that the Vini-Fantini rider, Andriato, was in search of points for one of the other Giro classifications, so his challenge was not simply annoying. Polemica halted.
And then it started to look a lot colder. Snow on the side of the road and I imagined some of the riders were thinking of a moto with a tray delivering tea. 
Thirty-two kilometers to go, Cannondale had come to help at the front and the gap was down to around three minutes.
30 km to go: Gap is 3'00'' for Ermeti, Brutt, Hansen and Popovych #giro

Popovych attacking, but Brutt trying to chase him down with 21.9km to go. Betancur off the back being paced back. #Giro

And there was Cav on the front again, looking for points. It seemed like he was there a long time, but made it.
Cav is all, "Can I stop racing now?"

Behind, Betancur continued to try to chase back on after a mechanical. Cannondale was riding very hard at the front.
First rider across #giro finish line needs to dig out parking space, set up lawn chair to save it. #chicagostyle

And then the attacks came from the shrinking peloton. 
It's livening up now at the #Giro. Attacks firing off the front as the road starts to ramp up. Lots of looking around. 19km to go
inrng 7:06am via Web
The last climb of the 2013 Giro starts now as the rain is turning to snow. Betancur is 50 seconds behind
Pavel Brutt is leading now with 2'17''. 19 km to go. / Pavel Brutt guida la corsa con un vantaggio di 2'17'' quando mancano 19 km al termine

Betancur made it back to the peloton. Ahead:
16.5km to go, gap 1'12" from Brutt to Weening #Giro
Brutt > Hansen, Weening 1'06'' > Atapuma 1'30'' > Gruppo Maglia Rosa 1'46 15 km al termine #giro

"a little bit of an 18% section" -- ugh! #Giro

Brutt arrived on the top of Tre Croci 26" before Weening, Pirazzi at 33", maglia rosa group at 48". 13,5 km to go. #giro

23" between Brambilla, Pirazzi,Weening, and Brutt alone ahead. 10.6km to go. #Giro

Cold conditions, snow on the sides of the road. 24" to the Brambilla group, 45" to the maglia rosa group, 9.1km to go. #Giro #OPQS

And then it started snowing on the riders. Eight kilometers remained. 
Atapuma attacks again, Pirazzi just ahead of the peloton now looking back. #Giro

7.4km to go, 42" to a chase group, 1'07" to the maglia rosa group. #Giro

6km to go. Capecchi, Brambilla, Weening lead by over a minute. Capecchi looks the strongest. Is Nibali group slowing? Kiserlovski attacks

Up they went and then:
Vincenzo Nibali attacks / Attacco di Nibali

Attack he did, rapidly dropping everyone else and fighting both the weather conditions and the crazy roadside fans to solo away for a dramatic stage victory. Behind, Evans lost time to Uran and dropped from 2nd to 3rd on the GC. Betancur, despite bike problems on the day, regained the white jersey.


1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 5:27:41  
2 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia 0:00:17  
3 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:19  
4 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:21  
5 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:44  
6 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:48  
7 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:54  
8 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:58  
9 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia 0:01:00  
10 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:01:04  

1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 79:23:19  
2 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:04:43  
3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:05:52  
4 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:06:48  
5 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:28  
6 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:07:43  
7 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:08:09  
8 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:10:26  
9 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:10:32  
10 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:10:59  

Cat, wine, kohlrabi
2010 Andreas Baron Widmann Vernatsch Sudtirol 
from Biondivino (Not on their site but another wine from the producer is)

From the producer with help from google translate: 

The farm Baron Widmann family-run expected to winemaking since 1824. All wines come from vineyards owned by the family, which are located on the slopes of Cortaccia between 220m and 600m.

The different varieties of grapes in the company are located in different areas:
Milla (220m): Chardonnay, Moscato Giallo, Lagrein
Auhof and Feld (230-320m): Slave, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Rain, Drummen, Nokerisch (350m): Slave, Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer
Sulzhof (fraction of Penone, 600m): Sauvignon, Pinot Blanc

The farm with the wine cellar is located in the village of Cortaccia. Next to the wine-making company dedicated to the production of wine vinegar and fruit.

From the importer (Oliver McCrum):

"If we had to choose the five best grape-growers in Italy, the name of Andreas Widmann would be amongst the first to come to mind." ~Gambero Rosso
Andreas Widmann is a producer of very small quantities of excellent wine (in my opinion some of the best made in the Alto Adige). His beautiful old house and cellar are in the old part of the village of Cortaccia; the cellar is under the house, and the scale of it is more like home winemaking than commercial production. His family has made wine here since 1824. The imacculately tended vineyards are just south of the village on steep slopes at altitudes between 250 and 600 meters (almost 2000 feet) above sea level. Andreas follows every aspect of the grapegrowing and winemaking himself, a Baron with dirt under his fingernails. The wines are impeccably made and full of character, an ideal combination. The only problem here, as with many of the best small growers from the south Tirol, is that there is very little wine available, as the local market is so strong. Nonetheless I am delighted to be able to offer these gems.

Vernatsch is the local name for the Trollinger (or Schiava) variety, which produces pale red, delicious and very drinkable table wines (sort of like a cross between Beaujolais and Bourgeuil and as mouthwatering and savory as that description suggests). Andreas's version is top-notch, with hints of spices and herbs. It is an excellent complement to most pork dishes and great with salumi (or the local Speck ham, which I am starting to see over here). This is a wine to be drunk and not discussed.

I say: I like this wine a lot. The importer calls it (above) a wine to be drunk and not discussed, which made me expect what I and many others call "gulpable." It is indeed. Light garnet in color. Juicy and fresh. Another Giro wine that I would like to drink a lot more of. Wild strawberry (like the Alpine ones growing in our yard) and mild herbs. On day two, it is still making me very happy and K comments that "she can smell the berries now." 

Speaking of K, check out this article on her recent baking project from SFist:

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