This Weekend's Pick

Wine of the Weekend

Sa’ Solin Valpolicella Ripasso

’Tis the season of giving and no matter what the holiday, the LCBO has tons of gift options for hosts, friends, colleagues and just about anyone else over the legal age. When picking a wine gift for someone else, we always try to find wines worth giving, not just grabbing the first sparkly bottles we see. Sa’ Solin Valpolicella Ripasso is our pick for this week – a delicious wine that’s $2.00 off, and also available in a gift pack with its big brother, the Monte Zovo Amarone. It makes a great gift and a great bottle to open tonight!

Tasting Notes: Sa’ Solin Valpolicella Ripasso is full of bright red cherry and raspberry, plum, and prune fruit. Accents of dried herbs, leather and spice delivered over a long, balanced finish round out the Italian nature of this satisfying wine.

Enjoy With: Grilled red meats and sausages, pasta in red sauces and lasagna, charcuterie and aged hard cheeses.

Style: A soft, medium-bodied, juicy red wine.

Terroir/Region: The Valpolicella region of Italy created a style all its own with Ripasso, using the region’s recipe of blending Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes. The grape skins and stems remaining after making Amarone wine, still packing tons of flavour and tannin, are added to a vat of grape juice as it begins to ferment. Once fermentation is complete, the wine is pressed and filtered normally, taking it from a light, fruity Valpolicella wine to a more dense, rich and flavourful sip.

Producer: Monte Zovo is owned and operated by the Cottini family and stands as one of its most important wines. The fruit for Monte Zovo comes from high altitude vineyards the family owns and takes great pride in. Sa’ Solin is named after the small rock fragments and stones found in the vineyard which help drainage and make it such a special site.

Availability: Sa’ Solin Ripasso is available year-round in the Vintages section of your local LCBO, but it’s only $2.00 off until January 2. Stock up for yourself or someone special on your list, and for someone really special, check out the Monte Zovo gift pack featuring Sa’ Solin’s big brother, the Monte Zovo Amarone!

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Price: $19.95 Now: $17.95, until January 2, 2022

LCBO #: 650713

Size: 750 mL

Alcohol Content: 13.5% alc./vol.