The third, and final, Giro d'Italia installment features Primitivo, a grape grown predominantly in Puglia. The Puglia region (also known as Apulia) is located in "The Heel" of Italy's boot. The 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia begins in Sardinia, then travels to Sicily and finally crosses to the mainland on day 6. On day 7 the racers will visit Primitivo's homeland
An interesting fact about Primitivo is that it is related to Zinfandel. Some DNA tests show that the grapes are the same, some tests say they are different. One thing is certain - you will mostly find Zinfandel in California and Primitivo in Italy.
For this challenge I had a hard time locating a challenger from Italy. What to do? What about an intrastate match? Washington v. Washington with a twist - Washington Winemaker v. Oregon Winemaker, both using Primitivo grown in Washington. Game on!
2014 Casa Smith Porcospino Primitivo v. 2011 Angel Vine Columbia Valley Primitivo.