In fair Verona…

Discover the legend of Amarone and the unique wines of Verona in our final class of the fall season

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Verona's Piazza delle Erbe is a great place to watch the world go by, preferably while enjoying a glass of the local vino.

Despite its relatively modest production, Amarone enjoys its current standing as one of Italy’s most fascinating and collectable wines, though it could have just as easily never existed. According to popular legend, the wine was created by accident in the 1930s when a producer of the veronese passito Recioto forgot to stop fermentation. This inadvertently allowed all of the wine’s sugar to be transformed into alcohol, resulting in the name “Amarone” (literally “big bitter”).

produced by drying Corvina, Molinara, and Rondinella grapes on straw mats and reintroducing the raisinated fruit to a base wine in a process known as the ripasso method.

Amarone is produced by drying Corvina, Molinara, and Rondinella grapes on straw mats and reintroducing the raisinated fruit to a base wine in a process known as the ripasso method.

Wine producers began officially trading Amarone in the 1950s and it proved an instant success with locals in Verona. Only following the appellation’s award of DOC status in 1990 has Amarone seen a large surge in demand. It remains unique within Italy’s vast viticultural panorama, a wine which breaks many traditional Italian winemaking conventions: while it is a dried-grape wine it is also dry, not sweet, notably high in alcohol, and notoriously challenging to pair properly.

Some of Verona's best wines can be sampled at wine shops like this one.

Some of Verona's best wines can be sampled in shops like this one, in the heart of the city's centro storico.

On Wednesday, November 19 join Amarone authority Robert Scibelli, DWS, for our final class of the fall season, Amarone and the Wines of Verona. This revealing tasting seminar will uncover some of the mystery surrounding this rare wine, while also examining some of the other significant wines from the Verona area, including Valpolicella, Bardolino, and Soave.

Amarone and the Wines of Verona
with Robert Scibelli, DWS
Wednesday, November 19
6:30-8:30pm
$95

Vino
121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

For further details please call 212-725-6516 or email register@vinosite.com.

School’s out! Vino’s Italian wine classes will return in the Spring!

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3 Responses to In fair Verona…

  1. Do Bianchi says:

    We open in Venice, and then to Verona… nice banner btw…

  2. vinonyc says:

    “Lots of laughs in Cremona…”

    I’m not sure about the banner actually — I mean, it looks cool, but it doesn’t really have anything to do with Vino, I Trulli or Centovini. I was just tired of having to shoehorn all three ventures into one all-encompassing image.

  3. Do Bianchi says:

    lots of quail in Cremona! 😉

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