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Bertani - Amarone della Valpolicella 2008

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"There is a very good reason why this is known as the legend of Amarone. They were one of the houses that helped to revive the ancient style of Amarone - it was lost in the interim of world wars and etc until it was brought back to the now glorious state it is. As for the wine, this manages to tie class and structure in so very well - rarely mastered! Dark chocolate, bitter cherries, red plum jam, dried black raspberries, and crystallized violets on the nose. The palate is equally juicy with those tannins that hug you. A touch of liquorice, dark chocolate and dried red currants make there way on to one of the longest finishes ever!"

 

--------THE PRODUCER--------

Bertani

Bertani is one of the names known by true Italian wine lovers the world over. Since 1857, when they first planted vines in Verona, it has been said that it was their destiny to produce some of the most revered red wines of the region. Expert tutelage and years of experience abroad allowed for Giovan Battista and Gaetano Bertani to become the legends they are now - and to make great wines (of course). Ever since day one, they have been traditionalists with an eye for the highest of quality. There wines have been breaking quality milestones over this time period, but the estate has also contributed greatly in the greater wine community of Italy. 

 

--------THE GRAPE--------

Valpolicella Blend

Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara are the main red grape varietals that make up the wines of Valpolicella. Each grape, along with some other secondary grapes such as Corvinone, all have specific elements be it tannin, colour, aromatics or acidity that they bring to the blend. Each producer in the region will use a certain ratio of the grapes to help create their house style.

 

--------THE REGION--------

Veneto

Veneto is a region in the northeast of Italy. It is the region behind the famous red wines of Valpolicella. The wines of Valpolicella are made in a range of styles from dry and light (Valpolicella Superiore) to medium bodied and complex (Valpolicella Ripasso) to the fullest bodied red (Amarone della Valpolicella) and a sweet red made in a passito style (Recioto della Valpolicella). It is also the home to the sparkling wines of Prosecco.

The best place to start when you are pairing food and wine is to think about the structural elements of both the food and wines. These elements are: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, umami, chilli heat and fat.

We have listed these elements in foods and how you can add wines with similar or contrasting elements to help create harmony in your matches.

Sweetness 

Sweet foods can overpower dry wines, white or red, making them appear acidic, neutral or bitter. In order to reduce this effect you should pair sweet foods with sweet wines. 

Acidity

Acidic foods, like fresh citrus, tomatoes or salads laden with vinaigrettes, will overpower the acidity in a wine making them appear flabby or less acidic than they were. In order to reduce this effect you should pair acidic foods with wines that have a higher acidity such as Champagne, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Acidity is a key element in creating balance in a dish or a food-and-wine match. If the foods are going to reduce the acidity in the wines then you need to add your own bit of acidity by bringing a more acidic wine to the table. It is the same principle behind adding lemon juice to seafood dishes, as seafood tends to have quite low natural acidity.

Bitterness

If a food is high in bitterness then it will make the wine appear bitter, or it will increase the perception of bitterness (tannins) in the wine. In order to reduce this effect you should pair bitter foods with wines that are not lean with high acid.  Rather choose wines with some sweetness, fruit or viscosity.

Umami (Savoury)

Foods that are highly savoury, like mushrooms, will increase the bitterness or acidic perception we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair umami rich foods with wines that are fruity and do not have medium-high tannins. 

Often foods that are more savoury are best matched with white wines like Chardonnay or Soave as these do not big tannins but have lots of fruity flavours.

Chilli Heat

Chilli heat is similar to umami-rich foods.  They will increase the bitterness or acidic perception as well as the alcoholic burn we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair chilli heat rich foods with wines that are fruity and/or have higher sweetness levels.

Wines that are off-dry like many Gewürztraminers or Rieslings could work best with chilli foods like a curry as they will be both a bit sweet but also very fruity. If you aren't a white wine drinker then you could consider red wines that have lower tannins such as a Pinot Noir or Gamay Noir. 

Fatty

Foods that are high in fat will make the wines feel flabby and less fruity. In order to reduce this effect you should pair fatty foods with wines that have high acidity. This is similar to the rule of adding in acidity (in the form of citrus) to seafood to help to cut down the perception of fattiness.  

These suggestions (there are no rules that apply to everyone) will help you to think about how to create pairings. It often isn't helpful to think about 'red wine and red meat' or 'white wine and fish' because it is actually the structural elements of the wine and food that need to be balanced. It is the acidity in white wines that works well by cutting through the fattiness of a piece of fish but you could get that acidity in a Pinot Noir. 

"There is a very good reason why this is known as the legend of Amarone. They were one of the houses that helped to revive the ancient style of Amarone - it was lost in the interim of world wars and etc until it was brought back to the now glorious state it is. As for the wine, this manages to tie class and structure in so very well - rarely mastered! Dark chocolate, bitter cherries, red plum jam, dried black raspberries, and crystallized violets on the nose. The palate is equally juicy with those tannins that hug you. A touch of liquorice, dark chocolate and dried red currants make there way on to one of the longest finishes ever!"

 

--------THE PRODUCER--------

Bertani

Bertani is one of the names known by true Italian wine lovers the world over. Since 1857, when they first planted vines in Verona, it has been said that it was their destiny to produce some of the most revered red wines of the region. Expert tutelage and years of experience abroad allowed for Giovan Battista and Gaetano Bertani to become the legends they are now - and to make great wines (of course). Ever since day one, they have been traditionalists with an eye for the highest of quality. There wines have been breaking quality milestones over this time period, but the estate has also contributed greatly in the greater wine community of Italy. 

 

--------THE GRAPE--------

Valpolicella Blend

Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara are the main red grape varietals that make up the wines of Valpolicella. Each grape, along with some other secondary grapes such as Corvinone, all have specific elements be it tannin, colour, aromatics or acidity that they bring to the blend. Each producer in the region will use a certain ratio of the grapes to help create their house style.

 

--------THE REGION--------

Veneto

Veneto is a region in the northeast of Italy. It is the region behind the famous red wines of Valpolicella. The wines of Valpolicella are made in a range of styles from dry and light (Valpolicella Superiore) to medium bodied and complex (Valpolicella Ripasso) to the fullest bodied red (Amarone della Valpolicella) and a sweet red made in a passito style (Recioto della Valpolicella). It is also the home to the sparkling wines of Prosecco.

The best place to start when you are pairing food and wine is to think about the structural elements of both the food and wines. These elements are: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, umami, chilli heat and fat.

We have listed these elements in foods and how you can add wines with similar or contrasting elements to help create harmony in your matches.

Sweetness 

Sweet foods can overpower dry wines, white or red, making them appear acidic, neutral or bitter. In order to reduce this effect you should pair sweet foods with sweet wines. 

Acidity

Acidic foods, like fresh citrus, tomatoes or salads laden with vinaigrettes, will overpower the acidity in a wine making them appear flabby or less acidic than they were. In order to reduce this effect you should pair acidic foods with wines that have a higher acidity such as Champagne, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Acidity is a key element in creating balance in a dish or a food-and-wine match. If the foods are going to reduce the acidity in the wines then you need to add your own bit of acidity by bringing a more acidic wine to the table. It is the same principle behind adding lemon juice to seafood dishes, as seafood tends to have quite low natural acidity.

Bitterness

If a food is high in bitterness then it will make the wine appear bitter, or it will increase the perception of bitterness (tannins) in the wine. In order to reduce this effect you should pair bitter foods with wines that are not lean with high acid.  Rather choose wines with some sweetness, fruit or viscosity.

Umami (Savoury)

Foods that are highly savoury, like mushrooms, will increase the bitterness or acidic perception we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair umami rich foods with wines that are fruity and do not have medium-high tannins. 

Often foods that are more savoury are best matched with white wines like Chardonnay or Soave as these do not big tannins but have lots of fruity flavours.

Chilli Heat

Chilli heat is similar to umami-rich foods.  They will increase the bitterness or acidic perception as well as the alcoholic burn we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair chilli heat rich foods with wines that are fruity and/or have higher sweetness levels.

Wines that are off-dry like many Gewürztraminers or Rieslings could work best with chilli foods like a curry as they will be both a bit sweet but also very fruity. If you aren't a white wine drinker then you could consider red wines that have lower tannins such as a Pinot Noir or Gamay Noir. 

Fatty

Foods that are high in fat will make the wines feel flabby and less fruity. In order to reduce this effect you should pair fatty foods with wines that have high acidity. This is similar to the rule of adding in acidity (in the form of citrus) to seafood to help to cut down the perception of fattiness.  

These suggestions (there are no rules that apply to everyone) will help you to think about how to create pairings. It often isn't helpful to think about 'red wine and red meat' or 'white wine and fish' because it is actually the structural elements of the wine and food that need to be balanced. It is the acidity in white wines that works well by cutting through the fattiness of a piece of fish but you could get that acidity in a Pinot Noir.