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50 Years of the Good Stuff With Bertani, (Veneto, Italy)

Raisin wine? Exactly. For generations, Amarone della Valpolicella has mesmerized the throngs of thirtsy winos in search of the next best thing. While most people love Amarone for its rich profile of fruit and power, very few understand how it’s made and how it comes to be.

Six vintages spanning 50 years


Recioto and Amarone – They’re An Earfull

The Veneto is one of Italy’s most important wine producing regions, and it’s one of the few places in the world where dried

One of Italy's most important regions: Veneto

grapes are worth their weight in the gold. Amarone della Valpolicella and Recioto della Valpolicella are both produced using indigenous grapes that […]

The Quintessential Quintarelli

The Veneto in northern Italy is home to some of the country’s most famous wineries. One winery

A typical wine label from Guiseppe Quintarelli

in particular has managed to set itself apart from the rest of the pack. Behind the trademark, hand-written labels, hidden from the world beneath the cork, are wines that are […]

Interview with Lucia Duran Raimondi of Villa Monteleone in Valpolicella

One of the greatest privileges of a wine buying position is having the opportunity to meet with winemakers and enologists. Although most wine editorials offer insight and stories regarding winemakers, having face to face time with the artists themselves and learning of life and wine in their hometowns is the best resource.

Lucia Duran Raimondi […]