Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Final stop in Verona: Anteprima Amarone event

About a couple months ago I started a series on my visit to the Anteprima Amarone in Verona, Italy in February thanks to the Consorzio della Valpolicella. Below are my previous articles to get you up-to-date, but today is the final article that I featured for my column in the Bostoniano “Italy Uncorked”.

Anteprima Amarone 2011 DOCG with Christian Marchesini
Christian Marchesini (left), President of the Consorzio della Valpolicella

Due to the 30 inch storm we got in Boston I got forced to head over to Italy a day early. Life is tough, but sometimes you gotta do it. Immediately that night I attended the Bolla winery and had a wine dinner with the winemaker and Director. The following days as you'll see I had a jam packed itinerary and attended a number of wineries throughout the Valpolicella wine region including luncheons at some of the wineries, or as they like to say “light lunches”, concluding the day with wine dinners.

Winemaker Marco Speri of Secondo Marco
Winemaker of Secondo Marco, Marco Speri
The culmination of all these events though brought me to the big day of the Anteprima Amarone event. The focus of this event is to highlight the new 2011 vintage release of Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG that has been sleeping like a bear and made it's grand appearance to demonstrate the hard work of the folks behind this vintage as well as a recap of the weather from this vintage and its effects on the wine.Over 60 wineries present releasing their 2011 vintage as well as an older vintage.  Private tastings were held and a vertical tastings led by Sommelier Luca Martini with Amarone dating back to 1995.

For my full story on the Anteprima Amarone event continue to my column with the Bostoniano. Valpolicella: The Land of Amarone Wine.

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