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Amarone Classico aging in oak cask

Amarone Families changes name

Name can be a sensitive matter. Famiglie Dell’Amarone d’Arte, or Amarone Families, as it is commonly known in English, is an association founded in 2009, consisting of 13 family wineries in Valpolicella. The association wants to preserve Amarone as an exclusive and high-quality wine, with no compromising on quality. So far everything is fine. But […]

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Vincent Paris, winemaker in Cornas, and his wife

Bubbles, whites and reds from Cask & Moestue

It was time to venture out on another vinous mission. To taste wines from the importer Cask & Moestue. I tried things I have not tried before, first and foremost, and those that seemed more exciting for personal reasons. I tried far from everything. I neglected parts. Apologies for that. Bubbly On site was the […]

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Veneto, wine champion in Italy

Vineyards are everywhere in Italy. The vineyard surface is as large as France – around 800 000 hectares – but the country is very much smaller. In contrast to France, Italy have vineyards in all its regions. Since quite some time now, the largest wine production region is Veneto in the northeast part of the […]

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Is it a problem with all these new “cheap amarones”?

Are all the new, low(ish) priced appassimento, ripasso, passito, “baby-amarone” wines a cause for concern? I received an interesting question on email from someone in the wine business. In short: “You see more and more of ‘cheap amarone’ (or ripasso, appassimento, passito), not least in Sweden at Systembolaget where amarone has become fantastically popular, but […]

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The Roman arena in Verona

Verona threatens Valpolicella?

Verona is spreading and it is time to stop the urbanization, says Count Pieralvise Serego Alighieri and other wine producers and environmentalists in Valpolicella, one of Italy’s most famous wine regions. Valpolicella is still a beautiful wine region with gentle hills behind which you find the city of Verona. But for how long, asks Alighieri, […]

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Villa Bellini in Valpolicella

The best amarone wines

That is of course a question of personal taste. Amarone has over a few decades become an immensely popular wine, especially in northern countries. It is almost a bit anachronistic, this massive, compact, intense wine in an era when most tendencies go towards lower alcohol. Our contributor Stuart George went to Valpolicella in Veneto, amarone […]

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Lunching in Valpolicella

Tasting Amarone, a selection of excellent producers

That’s Amarone! The “big bitter” from Italy has wooed wine drinkers all over the world. Rich in both history and taste, the wines from Amarone continue to impress and intrigue. Guest writer Stuart George reports from his visit to Amarone in 2012, and details his best tastings from the trip. Sixteenth century Venice, devastated by […]

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Amarone is granted DOCG status

The DOCs Amarone della Valpolicella and Recioto della Valpolicella in Veneto in Italy have been promoted to DOCG status, according to Decanter.com. DOCG is the highest classification in the Italian wine laws. The DOCG label may be used from the 2008 harvest. Growers welcome the upgrade and say that they hope it will improve the […]

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