This Weekend's Pick

Wine of the Weekend

Villa Annaberta Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore

Game on! It’s a big weekend, and no matter which day is your ‘game day’, Super Bowl Sunday or Valentine’s Day, this week’s selection has you covered. Villa Annaberta Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore is just the match for your game day snacks, then the perfect pairing for Valentine’s Day dinner! Stocking up is recommended since just one bottle never lasts long.

Tasting Notes: Villa Annaberta Ripasso is a blend of Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara grapes – the traditional recipe of a Valpolicella Ripasso. Notes of red and black berries, plum and fig mingle with dark spices and silky tannins for a rich flavour and smooth delivery. Rich and smooth sounds pretty good for this weekend.

Enjoy With: Barbeque chicken wings, sticky-sweet ribs, mozzarella sticks, salami or other charcuterie, and salty snacks of almost any kind for your game day favourites and then grab another bottle for a Valentine’s Day dinner of filet mignon or eggplant parmigiana, roasted veggies and mashed polenta, with a dessert of dark chocolate. Perfecto!

Style: A soft, full-bodied, smooth red wine.

Terroir/Region: The Valpolicella region of Italy created a style all its own with ‘Ripasso’. As Valpolicella also produces the legendary Amarone wine, the richly flavoured grape skins left after making Amarone are refermented with a young Valpolicella wine giving the young wine added body, texture and flavour. You’ll have to pick up a bottle of Villa Annaberta to taste the result!

Producer: Villa Annaberta was inspired by Annaberta herself, matriarch of the Cottini family. The winery models its practices after her love of the earth and her favourite styles of wine. “Behind every beautiful thing lies a world. Ecology, quality, tradition. Here is what inspires me. Always.” - Annaberta

Availability: Villa Annaberta Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore is available in the Italy section of your local LCBO. Stock up to sip this beauty all weekend. Game on!

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Price: $18.45 

LCBO #: 378091

Size: 750 mL

Alcohol Content: 14.0% alc./vol.