If I needed any reminding that it’s fall the sound of my electric baseboard heaters coming to life when I finally turned up the thermostats around the Rockwell mansion last weekend brought it all home.
As the days (and nights) get colder I warm to fuller-bodied red wines: Those that offer stick-to-your-ribs goodness without sacrificing any nuance. One of the best of that genre is Amarone. Produced from dried grapes in Italy’s Veneto province, Amarone is a dry (its sweeter sister is called Recioto) wine with a high alcohol level; and though it’s certainly food worthy (think complex meaty dishes) its best served with strongly flavoured cheeses like Gorgonzola and Parmigiano-Reggiano or with nothing but good conversation while chillin’ on a chilly evening.
Cantina di Negrar’s 2006 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico ($34.95 - $39.99) is a bright, mouth-filler that balances the booze with a ripe, rounded burst of plum and light raisiny fruit.
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