What is it?
We've picked a beautiful Amarone della Valpolicella from Waitrose. Not the cheapeast bottle of red you can get your hands on, but this ain't just any old plonk.
if you’ve got a special occasion coming up this weekend, this £20 Amarone della Valpolicella by Cantina di Negrar from Waitrose is absolutely banging.
What's it like?
Big body and smooth tannin with lots of chocolate and raisiny vibes - think Dairy Milk Fruit+Nut!
For us, Amarone is super interesting and enjoyable because it's big, and packs loads of fruit, but stays relatively dry and is great with food. It's quite low in acid, but pretty damn high in alcohol at 15%!
What's it good with?
We had it with blue cheese pasta; the intense fruit of Amarone is great with Gorgonzola - think Italian-style Port and Stilton!
It has a lot of body, so your food needs to be able to stand up to an Amarone. It would also be great with strong meaty dishes or a porcini mushroom risotto.
What actually is Amarone della Valpolicella?
A little background for you guys. Valpolicella is a famous wine from the Verona province, in the region of Veneto, north-eastern Italy. The main grape is the indigenous Corvina.
Valpolicella becomes the mighty Amarone della Valpolicella when its grapes are laid out on straw mats and left to dry, thus intensifying the wine and its flavours. What ends up in the bottle is therefore usually something with a lot of body, flavour, tannin and alcohol. It's a painstaking process so Amarone's don't come cheap, but they're seriously tasty, trust us :)