December 12, 2019
A Note from Sergio
Valpolicella has a long history--Ernest Hemingway was fond of it, and he featured it prominently in his final novel, Across the River and Into the Trees. Hemingway's Valpolicella, however, probably didn't resemble "our" Valpolicella. It was more likely an early-drinking, rustic wine, a far cry from the textured, nuanced beauty that we've come to expect, largely to the work of the late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli. Believing in the importance of the Veneto's wines, Quintarelli tinkered with Valpolicella protocol, and he forever changed the way the world understood both this ancient wine and the Veneto itself.Today's Featured Sections Include:
Visionary producers have a way of lifting up a whole region, and today, I'm delighted to bring you two recent Valpolicella releases from Begali, a terrific under-the-radar family-owned producer with long roots in the Veneto. You'll find Begali's flat-out delicious 2017 Valpolicella Classico, and its surprising and complex 2016 Valpolicella Ripasso, which complicates Valpolicella by running it through the lees of the estate's Amarone. Clocking in at less than $22 a bottle, these two Valpolicella wines pack a punch, and they will wow your guests now or over the next few years.
Finally, I'm excited to announce a flash sale on Ponsot's fine Burgundies! You who consider yourself Burgheads do not want to miss this--enjoy!
1. Only at IWM: Must-Have Begali Valpolicella Pair!
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Burgheads, Rejoice! It's IWM's Ponsot Flash Sale!
3. Wine Events: Upcoming December Wine Tasting Events