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Amarone, What a Red!!!

July 13, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

Certainly there are wines which are very subtle and you really need to look deep into them to feel and sense their flavours, and then there are others which nearly knock you out.  One which stands out in particular for me is the Amarone. For those who have never tried an Amarone  its an explosion of flavour!

To begin with just the colour is amazing, a deep intense, ruby red. Just by looking at it, I had a rough idea of what I was getting myself into. Of course the aromas are just as strong and powerful as I imagined, rich and fruity, along with aromas of red berries and spices.  Drinking this wine is the pinnacle of the whole experience.   It is intense, rich, luscious, and fruity. It is also very smooth and velvety while at the same time quite thick, and unbelievably fruity!! I really had never tried anything like it, and was completely blown away.!  Now to the reason why this is such a unique wine….

In a nutshel Amarone delle Valpolicella comes from the Veneto region in Northern Italy.  Amarone is a blend of the Corvina, Molinara, and Rondinella grapes.  The grapes after being picked are dried for several months on straw mats in the lofts above the farm houses or barns at the winery before being pressed and fermented. The dried fruit has a higher residual sugar which is mostly fermented away. This results in a dry wine of tremendous depth and intensity; in addition to a generally higher alcohol content, normally around 15% but sometimes even higher. Its this process which makes the wine so concentrated with such a distinct flavour. 

I recommend this wine with pasta or red meat dishes, or simply with a nice cheese board. However be careful the fruity flavours leave you wanting more and its a wine which can easily be “sat on” for a long time, so watch the old 15%, it catches up you!!!

Inez “A taste of Italy”

                                          The drying process of  the grapes     


Italian Grapes!!

June 29, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

This week A Taste of Italy is encouraging you to try something different!! Lets be honest, 99.9% of us have tried a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay,Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz etc etc etc etc, but why not try a grape which is indigenous to Italy??
For me there is something really unique and exciting about trying a wine where the grape is ONLY grown in that particular region in Italy, so not only can you NOT find it in any other country in the world, but more often then not it cant even be found in other regions of Italy!!!!!

For example the Valpolicella wine, is made up of 3 grapes, the Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and the Molinara grapes.  All of these grapes are grown only in the Veneto region of Northern Italy, and for me,  knowing this is what makes drinking a Valpolicella or Amarone a real pleasure!!

Of course there are many other indigenous grapes for example many of the wines from the Pidemonte region i.e. the Nebbiolo grape which is the grape responsibile for the Barolo, and Barbaresco wine, as well as the Barbera and Ruche’ wines. Really the list is endless, but this is what distinguishes New World and Old World wine, being an Australian I’m open to all wines, however this is what makes drinking Old World wines enjoyable for me!!


Inez O’Shea “A taste of Italy”