ITALIAN WINE CLUB

AUGUST 2021

GARDAS! GARDAS!

Stunning and iconically picturesque Lake Garda and the surrounding hillsides were cut by receding glaciers after the ice age and the resulting morainic soils provide optimal terroir for healthy vineyards. In fact, we can thank the Hapsburgs of Austria who ruled this area prior to the unification of Italy that first classified it as top notch lands for viticulture. 

 

Interestingly enough, however, it turns out that only the lands surrounding Verona, to the East of Garda, have transcended the test of time when it comes to global recognition for great wines. This is the Valpolicella region; an area that is actually completely unique to Italy (and much of the wine world) in that it’s not the grapes nor the terroir that are the feature here, but instead the traditional winemaking style called ‘Ripasso’ that make what we know as Amarone. These are indeed wines that are more that worth celebrating and cellaring, but there is still so much more to be discovered from around the Garda coastlines. 

So many wines that can be far more expressive of the scents and flavors and what a special place Lake Garda truly is. One can’t drink Amarone for every occasion, but Garda provides depths of flavors that are the building blocks to that specific liquid opus.

 

– Kevin Wardell, August 2021

 

DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THE TASTING NOTES HERE.

 

MARANGONA LUGANA

TURBIANA 
Lugana, Veneto, Italy, 2019

CAVALCHINA CHIARETTO

60% CORVINA + 35% RONDINELLA + 5% MOLINARA
Bardolino Chiaretto, Veneto, 2020

LE FRAGHE

80% CORVINA + 20% RONDINELLA
Bardolino, Veneto, Italy 2020

MONTE DALL'ORA 'SAUSTÒ'

40% CORVINA + 30% CORVINONE
+ 20% RONDINELLA + 10% MOLINARA
Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy 2017
WINE SMARTS.

WINE SMARTS.

And 10% off your next purchase. Pay no attention to the frog.

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