Join us as we dive into the great wines of Veneto, from Prosecco to Amarone, paired with delicious traditional dishes of the region.
Enjoy life like a Venetian for an evening, on November 21st at 6:30 pm! Reserve your tickets early!
Veneto growing areas
Veneto, this North Eastern province of Italy, is famous for its capital, Venice, and also well-known for its great wines. From a bubbly Prosecco to a robust Valpolicella, this region enjoys a diverse wine growing landscape.
The White Wines
For white wine amateurs, Valdobbiadene is where the top Prosecco producers plant their Glera grapes, while Soave, produced in the hills East of Verona, has arguably been the most internationally recognized Italian white wine since the latter half of the 20th century. The region is also recognized for its important production of Pinot Grigio.
The white wines are dry, crisp and refreshing, with a bright lemon flavor awash with saline mineral tang attributed to the area’s volcanic soils.
The Valpolicella Appellations
The Valpolicella is Italy's second most important DOC behind Chianti and is categorized into 4 styles of wine, as delicious red-blends are created for every occasion:
Valpolicella DOC leans fresh, quaffable and fruity and is traditionally produced as a simple daily red. Because it tends to be light in profile, some winemakers employ techniques to achieve greater depth, complexity, and richness.
Valpolicella Ripasso DOC is a more intense version of Valpolicella. Ripasso refers to the method of production, or “re-pass,”: the basic Valpolicella DOC is fermented a second time, using the pomace of grape skins leftover from Amarone and Recioto (see below), to forge a fuller, deeper wine.
Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG became an international phenomenon in the 1990s. The name Amarone means “big bitter,”, and shows beguiling concentration and structure balanced by plushness and elegance. Flavors of dark berries, cocoa and raisin are a result of the winemaking style. Amarone is made with grapes that are dried on mats or hung from rafters for weeks or months after harvest.
Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG is a passito-style dessert wine made from dried grapes. While similar to the process for Amarone, the fruit for these wines is dried for 100 to 200 days, further concentrating the flavors and sugar. The grapes are then vinified, but fermentation is stopped before all of the sugar converts to alcohol, which creates a sweet wine with bright natural acidity.
Learn more about the Venetian wines, and enjoy a traditional multi-course dinner, bringing a little piece of Italy to your table. Get your tickets for this special edition of from the cellar!
November 21st, at 6:30pm, $125 all-inclusive.
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Thanks to winemag.com for the appellations description