Guerrieri Rizzardi Valpolicella 20

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Not a whole lot beats enjoying a glass of Amarone when next to a roaring fireplace while watching the snow come down outside. Amarone isn't exactly at the top of my list as a summertime sipper, so instead, Hammond and I actively enjoy the lighter expressions of Corvina from the Valpolicella DOC all through the summer months.

In Valpolicella, over the last 15 or 20 years, the winemaking trend over the previous 15 or 20 years has mainly skewed towards big, rich extracted reds. Dig deeper into the classic producers of the region. You'll find they also make lighter, brighter wines, perfect for summer foods and incredibly suitable for sipping on the patio and porch. The bonus -- they feature the same sexy, silky, soft fruit. The Guerrieri Rizzardi Valpolicella Classico is a soft and pretty red that you'll love all summer long!

The Guerrieri Rizzardi family vineyards are located in the Valpolicella Classico DOC, near the village of Negrar. Vineyards dot the gently rolling hills and valleys of the region and share the hectares with olive and cherry trees. Younger vine holdings not used in the estate's Amarone production are selected for their Valpolicella Classico. The 2020 blend is a Cuvée of Corvina, Corvione, Merlot, Coratina and Rondinella.

If you're looking for smooth, supple red fruit that's super-soft on the palate, you're pulling the right cork! Aromas of red fruit framed by notes of spice and pepper greet on the nose, leading to a gorgeous, silky palate of red cherry, plum, and dark berry that finishes with hints of savory herbs.

I find this Valpolicella Classico to be super versatile for all summer pairings, and it would do particularly well with grilled chicken, white meats, tuna, and salmon.

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