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Wanda Haynes,

Certified Sommelier

Amarone Della Valpolicella is a dry red Italian wine from the Veneto region of Italy. Amarone is made using the appassimento (ah-pah-see-men-toh) process when grapes are left to dry for several months and then pressed once they have lost up to 50% of their original weight. 

A complex transformation takes place within the berries and provides a highly concentrated grape juice for fermentation Amarone offers tastes of figs, dates, baking spices, and a long cherry liquor finish.

Corvina or corvinone should be the predominate varietal in an Amarone.

Rondinella and molinara adds a small percentage to the blend. These grapes are only grown in the Veneto region.

Amarone is intensely sexy and adaptable to vegan and vegetarian dishes.

Italian food is a natural paring with this beautiful rich wine, and most red meats are lovely with Amarone Della Valpolicella.

Amarone costs upwards of $100 per bottle and around $20 per glass in most restaurants and wine bars.

This is not the time to play frugal in the wine aisle, consider this an investment into the world of wine.

Amarone is best with age and the older the vintage the more profound the wine will taste.

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