What is Amarone? Amarone is a dry Italian red wine.

Where is it made? Italy’s Veneto region (north-east).

What are the grapes? 2015 ALLEGRINI AMARONE della Valpolicella DOCG 45% Corvina Veronese, 45% Corvinone, 5% Rondinella, 5% Oseleta

What should I know about Amarone? The grapes are dried through a natural drying process called appassimento. The traditional method is to dry the grapes on a straw mat. Allegrini uses a more modern technique. They use a drying facility that “allows for more uniform air circulation and prohibits botrytis.” The result is a fresher/ cleaner wine.

Why should I drink the 2015 2015 ALLEGRINI AMARONE della Valpolicella DOCG? It’s delicious! This wine is decadent, ripe and bold full bodied with prunes, dark berries, candied cherry, chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon.

What should I serve it with? Remember one of the food and wine pairing rules is to match power to power. This wine is intense and works best with robust dishes like game meat, duck and pulled pork. I like aged cheese with it, like an aged  parmesan.