Sardinian wines for dummies – Part 2, Red wines.

Sardinian wines for dummies – Part 2, Red wines.

Growing quality

Up to few decades ago, sardinian wines were use to blend softer nothern italian ones.
Then some local producer start improving vinification techniques, creating very elegant wines. 2015 has been a great year for our winemakers, able to receive many important prices.

Sardinian red wine

As for the withes, I’ll tell about the better known wines, about the ones you may know less, and about the ones you’d like to discover. For each wine I suggest a bottle of red and one of Rosè when interesting.

The one you know

Cannonau
Our most famous wine, has an ancient history, and probably is the father of the Grenache. As strong as the production areas, has a ruby color, reminds about red berries and pomegranate. Alcoholic, dry, it doesn’t have too much tannins. It’s produced mostly in central eastern Sardinia, and in Oliena area gets the name of Nepente.
The bottle
Red: Nepente riserva – Gostolai. Because Antonino Arcadu puts love and technique in his wine.
Rosé: Eressia – Sedilesu. Because you’ll be surprised by the freshness of this Cannonau

Sardinian Cannonau red wine

The ones you knwo less

Monica
It’s a lovely and simple wine, soft with red berries bouquet, with a sweet yet never boring aftertaste. Is grown mostly in the southern Sardinia.
The bottle: Perdera – Argiolas. Because this is the symbol of hard work: a simple wine made beautifully.

Carignano
Personally is my favorite red wine. Important, with a rich and powerful bouquet, its grapes can grow even on the sand. Its best production zone is in the south west on the Sulcis region.
The bottle
Red: Rocca Rubia – Cantina sociale di Santadi. Because you really can’t imagine its perfumes.
Rosé: Rosa Grande – Mesa. Because it’s cool, wine and label too.

Sardinian Carignano red wine

The ones you should know about

Cagnulari
This precious grape is cultivated in the north west around Usini, a small village close to Alghero, on clay soil hills. Ruby and with scents of red berries, has a distinctive spiced taste that makes this wine so interesting.
The bottle: Cagnulari – Chessa. Because you’ll feel all the passion of the family that creates this wine.

Muristellu
This is the ancient sardinian Bovale. It can be produced in a single variety vinification, giving (to my taste) a pointy wine.
I prefer it when blended with Monica and Cannonau, as they do in the Mandrolisai area, a beautiful garden of vineyards right in the middle of the island.
The bottle: Mandrolisai superiore – Cantina del Mandrolisai. Because it’s a superb blend.

Red wines of Sardinia

Nieddera
Little more than 100 hectares cultivated just in the Oristano area, give this beautiful and rare wine. With right amount of tannin, it has an huge quantity of polyphenols. I’ve always said it was healthy 😉 It’s my favourite among Roses.
The bottle
Red: Spinarba – Orro. Because Davide Orro works hard to preserve good agricolture.
Rosé: Nieddera – Contini. Because this was the wine of local farmers, and was made rosé.

Next time we’ll discover dessert and meditation wines, to keep discovering unique flavours and ancient history.

Part 1 – Whites

Are you more like a Cyclist or a Cycling tourist?

Are you more like a Cyclist or a Cycling tourist?

The semi serious differences between Cycling and Cycling tourism.

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Dear ALL cyclist friends, the post is from the point of view of a cycling tourist, but no worries, we’ll present also a list of differences from the point of view of the cyclists.

1.Focus

You are a cyclist if you focus on the back wheel of your bike companion, on the feelings you get from your body and you keep an eye on the chronometer.
You are a cycling tourist when you are more focused on the scenery, with its perfumes and colours.

2.Look

You are a cyclist if you dress one size less (and you can afford it;), if you own at least five pairs of cycling shoes to match with impossible to match cycling kits, already coordinated with your helmet and your bike, of course.
You are a cycling tourist when you can enter a restaurant without being confused with Mazinger Z.

3.Stops

You are a cyclist when you never stop (or you cannot, because of your friends) worrying to “get cold” Even when cycling in july in south west Sardinia on a day of southern wind.
You are a cycling tourist when you sops often, just to chill down. Better with a beer, or may be more, depending on temperature and team.

4.Drinking

A cyclist doesn’t just drink, he “rehydrates”, usually with powders with funny colours you believe magical.
You are a cycling tourist if you drink just natural stuff, like beer and wine, and sometimes even water.

5.Eating

You are a cyclist when your meals are a precise percent of carbohydrates, protein and vitamin.
You are a cycling tourist when your meals are a huge amount of many local and tasty foods.

6.Bike

You are a cyclist if your bike is fitted to go fast, and comfort is an optional.
You are a cycling tourist if your bike is fitted to be comfortable, and the goal is to go far.

7.Bumping into another cyclist

You are a cyclist if, bumping into another good looking cycling girl/guy, your attention is captured by the bike.
You are a cycling tourist if, bumping into another good looking cycling girl/guy, your attention maybe is captured by the bike too.

8.Subjects

You are a cyclist when you get excited talking about climbs and downhill speed, bikes and parts.
You are a cycling tourist when you get excited talking about places and people, food and wine. And of course about bike and parts.

9.Roads

You are a cyclist when you know everything about a road: the minutes and seconds it takes you to climb every single section, you know the average gradient and the total ascent, and you remember the performances of your friends on Strava.
You are a cycling tourist when, even commuting by bike, you always look for a new road.

10.Training

You are a cyclist when you ride your bike to train, and often it’s fun.
You are a cycling tourist when you ride your bike to have fun, and sometimes you end up training.

No matter if you are a cyclist or a cycling tourist, riding a bike make you feeling better, getting better and even looking better 🙂
Nice bike to all![:]