Do you know Italy’s Amarone?

Have you tried the 2014 Pasqua Pasqua Amarone Della Valpolicella
The Pasqua Amorone at Trader Joe’s

2014 Pasqua Amarone Della Valpolicella

It’s the start of the new year, a time to set goals. How about broadening your wine horizons in 2019? Taste wines different from the usual Cabs, Chards, Zins, etc. Have you tried an Amarone Wine? Do you know how Amarone wine is made? It is quite unique. Try the 2014 Pasqua Amarone Della Valpolicella. It is at Trader Joe’s stores and sells for $19.99. Wine-Searcher indicates the average price is $36.

Amarone is a style of wine made from grapes in the Valpolicella wine region of Italy, near the city of Verona. This area is home to several red grapes; the most important ones are Corvina and Rondinella. By law, these grapes must be included in an Amarone wine. These red Valpolicella grapes are harvested early and then the grapes are placed in special rooms to partially dry. After a few months, the juice is pressed out of the semi-dried grapes and fermentation takes place. The result is a very popular, robust style of wine that brings joy to the world of Italian wine drinkers.

I tried this wine at the suggestion of Vintage Wine Club member Bruce. I had not tried an Amarone for several years. Thanks, Bruce, for the heads up. The Pasqua is a winter wine. It warms the heart. The wine is big and hardy. It has muscle, but also finesse. It has a big mouth feel and is very enjoyable. Normally I am not a big fan of heavy wines but I like this one. The taste is all about deep, dark fruit. The finish keeps on giving, long and lingering. I like it at 90 Points. By the way, the alcohol is listed at 15%.

Pasqua Amarone – Food Pairings

This is an easy one, red meat grilled, broiled, or on the cooktop in a cast iron pan. Game meat. How about a huge bowl of Pasta Bolognese? My friend Mike, I am sure, will find a Dakota Bratwurst from his favorite sausage shop, the Lockeford Meat and Sausage to be a perfect match.

I found two great resources for you to learn more about Amarone della Valpolicella

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