Amarone and the fine wines of Verona

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Amarone and the fine wines of Verona

By: Michael Garner

Publication date: December 2017
ISBN-13 (print): 9781908984807
ISBN-13 (e-book): 9781910902196

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Amarone and the fine wines of Verona is a sure-footed guide to all aspects of Veronese wine production, examining the history of the wines and geography of the region as well as viticulture, climate, grape varieties, wine styles and appassimento. It contains profiles of the region's important producers, including assessments of their wines.

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The Veronese wine regions of Soave and Valpolicella – home to Amarone – are currently producing some of the world’s most drinkable quality wines. But both regions still struggle with a reputation for cheap, poor-quality wines brought about through industrial-scale production during the economic depression following the Second World War. In Amarone and the fine wines of Verona, Italian wine specialist Michael Garner traces a shift in focus towards new levels of quality driven by a generation of producers inspired by the area’s outstanding potential for producing fine wine.
Both regions produce versatile wines which, as well as being both deliciously drinkable and relatively affordable, have the flavour and structure to accompany a wide range of foods. In Valpolicella an appassimento wine, the famed Amarone, has gained comparable status to Barolo and Brunello di Montalcino, while Soave overlaps with the tiny denomination of Lessini Durello, where sparkling wine is produced from the rare, local white grape Durella.
Garner begins Amarone and the fine wines of Verona with a summary of the region’s history, before detailing its geography, grape varieties and approach to both viticulture and winemaking, leading into a discussion of each denomination’s character and wine styles. A cross-section of around 100 producers provides a capsule profile of each along with analysis of some of their best and most distinctive wines.
For students of wine, those in the wine business and wine adventurers alike, Amarone and the fine wines of Verona provides a gateway to a sorely misunderstood wine region.

Pages: 284
Language: English
Publisher: Infinite Ideas
Edition: 1
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Michael Garner

Michael Garner has worked in the wine business for almost 40 years and has specialized in Italian wine for over 30 of those. He is the co-author of Barolo: Tar and Roses, a regular contributor to Decanter, and taught for many years for the WSET. Garner has been a Decanter World Wine Awards judge since 2007 and is a senior judge at Vinitaly International’s 5 Star Wines event.

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