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All about amarone

What is amarone?

The experts consider amarone wine one of the most refined wines from Italy's Veneto region. With its ruby-red hue and raisin notes, this full-bodied wine is the favorite of many wine connoisseurs. It's also a sophisticated choice to surprise your spouse on a stay-at-home date night.

Like many other red blends, amarone ages well, even over 20 years. Typically, the more it ages, the darker the color. To make it, winemakers mostly use three grape varieties from Valpolicella, a region next to Verona: Corvina, Rondinella and Osoleta.

The high tannin content creates a strong flavor, and you'll perceive notes of raisins, black fruits, wild berries, anise, licorice, sour cherries, nuts and flowers. Aged amarones also feature notes of cinnamon, cardamom and tobacco.

A short history of this Italian red wine

They say that amarone red wine was born accidentally. A winemaker meant to make Recioto, a popular sweet wine from the Veneto region. However, something went wrong. Perhaps the winter was too warm, or the producer made a mistake, but somehow all the sugars of Recioto turned into alcohol. The result was a delicious bitter wine with a high tannin content, and the winemaker decided to call it "amarone," from the Italian "amaro," which means "bitter."

How to serve amarone

Amarone della Valpolicella pairs well with most meat dishes, including game meats, chicken, roasts and braised beef. Also, try it with aged cheeses, salami and pasta dishes. Serve the wine at room temperature.

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