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Wines of VenetoThe Veneto’s most well-known still white wine is Soave, a designation that has been compromised through both viticultural and vinification methods and the enlargement of the zone. While it was originally a blend of Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave (both aromatic varieties), changes in DOC regulations permitted the introduction of a more mundane strain of Trebbiano (Toscano) as well as Chardonnay, thereby precipitating the widespread production of a fairly vapid wine. However, Soave bottlings that pair Garganega with Trebbiano di Soave tend to offer a substantive flavor profile. While Soave is not the only white DOC, the others, Lugana and Gambellara, primarily involve the same varietals. The former (which is shared with Lombardia), privileges Trebbiano di Soave, and some bottlings realize a substantive aromatic presence. With respect to the latter, Garganega exercises its dominance, as it represents a minimum of 80% of the blend. The category also includes several varietally labeled wines that are fairly simple in character. Valpolicella is, in many respects, the red counterpart to Soave, as its image has suffered from mass production.

However, unlike Soave, it operates a stylistic hierarchy: Valpolicella Classico, Valpolicella Superiore and/or Ripasso, Amarone della Valpolicella, and Recioto della Valpolicella generally comprise the grape trio of Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara. Valpolicella Classico (Classico denoting a wine made in the inner, superior Valpolicella zone) is the simplest expression of the Valpolicella quartet. At the Superiore level, Valpolicella must achieve higher alcohol content, receive longer aging, and display more body and structure than the simple Valpolicella. To realize these qualities, many Superiore are treated via one of two techniques: “governo alla Toscana” or ripasso. Under the “governo alla Toscana” method, producers blend the finished Valpolicella with a small percentage of Amarone remaining from a previous batch. Others employ the ripasso method, enriching the Valpolicella wine through direct contact with (or passing through) the Amarone’s lees.
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Maculan Chardonnay 2018 750ml
Maculan Chardonnay 2018 750ml
Price: $18.99

Lively, juicy, and charming, Maculan’s ’18 Chardonnay spotlights its ripe stone and tropical fruits, which are framed by crushed fresh herbs, exotic spices and white flower petals. This wine feels persistent and energetic as it glides to a lingering, fresh, dry finish--it's a food-friendly, surprising Chardonnay. Deriving from volcanic, limestone-rich soils, grapes ferment with natural yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages on the lees for three months in steel tanks before bottling, where it rests for a few months prior to release. more info
Venturini Baldini Manodori Reggiano Lambrusco NV 750ml
Venturini Baldini Manodori Reggiano Lambrusco NV 750ml
Price: $19.99

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Cima da Conegliano Prosecco Extra Dry NV 750ml
Cima da Conegliano Prosecco Extra Dry NV 750ml
Price: $22.50

Made entirely of Veneto's Glera grape, Cima da Conegliano Prosecco Extra Dry is straw-colored with aromas of green apples and a soft, long-lasting finish on the palate. With its refreshing acidity, pleasant aromatics and delicate flavors of peach and green apple, Cima da Conegliano Prosecco is an ideal sparkler for appetizers, brunches, lunches and all casual celebrations--and its reasonable price point and easy-drinking nature makes it perfect for all your upcoming celebrations, from graduations to birthdays and beyond. more info
Begali Valpolicella Classico 2017 750ml
Begali Valpolicella Classico 2017 750ml
Price: $22.99

Begali’s delectable Valpolicella Classico is easy to pop and pour and enjoy again and again! Pure red berries cavort on a bed of woodland moss, wildflower petals, spices, river rocks and earth in Begali’s charming ’17 Valpolicella Classico. This wine is about food-friendly immediate drinkability, and it shows an alluring balance between its fine tannins and bright acidity that linger on the savory, mineral-laden finish. A blend of 60% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, and the remainder local grape varietals, grapes ferment in stainless steel, and the wine ages for a year in botti before resting in bottle. more info
Begali Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2016 750ml
Begali Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2016 750ml
Price: $22.99

Rich, layered, and transparent, this ’16 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso melds its crisp red and brooding purple fruits with balsamic herbs, espresso, melted chocolate, baking spices, dried flowers and a touch of oak. Penetrating acidity harmonizes with the wine’s chewy tannins, substantial dry extract, and subtle minerality in this beautifully balanced wine. A Valpolicella Ripasso “passes” through the lees left from the estate’s Amarone, and this one from Begali (a blend of 65% Corvina, 30% Rondinella and the remainder other indigenous grapes grown in pebbly soils) spends at least a year maturing in large oak barrels. more info
Maculan Brentino 2016 750ml
Maculan Brentino 2016 750ml
Price: $23.99

Balanced, dry, and caressing, the ’16 Brentino leaps from the glass in a profusion of succulent red and blue fruits, warm spices, crushed rocks, cedar wood, and kisses of tobacco and herbs. Rich yet focused, the Brentino wraps its sweet fruits around a sturdy mineral core, while racy acidity propels it to a satisfying, food-friendly finish. A blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, the grapes for this Bordeaux-style wine grow in volcanic, limestone-rich soils; after fermenting in stainless steel for about a week, the wine ages for a year in a combination of stainless steel and barrique, one-third new. more info
Maculan Dindarello Moscato Passito 2017 375ml
Maculan Dindarello Moscato Passito 2017 375ml
Price: $23.99

Acacia honey, orange blossoms, grapefruit spritz, and wax frame the succulent stone and crisp orchard fruits in this delectable ’17 Dindarello. An expressive, lively dessert wine, the Dindarello fills the mouth with texture and energy as it explodes with sweet-tart fruits and sneaky minerality--it’s a perfect accompaniment to cream-based or fruit desserts! Deriving from a six-acre vineyard that sports volcanic, mineral-rich soils, the Moscato grapes partially dry for about a month before fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel; the wine rests in bottle for three months before release. more info
Maculan Palazzotto Carbernet Sauvignon 2015 750ml
Maculan Palazzotto Carbernet Sauvignon 2015 750ml
Price: $36.99

Lean, juicy, and complex, the ’15 Palazzotto is a captivating Italian Cabernet. Layers and layers of pure red and blue fruits dance upon a foundation of exotic wood, pipe tobacco, wild roses, warm earth, licorice and leather in this elegant wine. Firm tannins are complemented by pleasing dry extract, while a sweet inner perfume finds its match in kinetic acidity. An ideal wine to pour with roasted meats, the ’15 Palazzatto is food friendly and unique. Deriving from the estate’s volcanic, tuffaceous vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes ferment for about eight days in temperature-controlled stainless steel; the wine ages for a year in barriques before resting in bottle for six months prior to release. more info
Maculan Torcolato Vespaiola Passito 2013 375ml
Maculan Torcolato Vespaiola Passito 2013 375ml
Price: $47.99

Maculan’s Torcolato Vespaiola Passito is a delicious, electric, and nutty-sweet “vino di meditazione,” or wine of meditation, that encourages you to slow down, sip leisurely, and contemplate the sweetness your life has gifted you. Luscious tropical fruits, honeyed citrus, and juicy orchard fruits mingle with ginger, pressed herbs, white flower petals and spicy fruit jam in this full-bodied, mineral-laden ’13 Torcolato. Deep and profound, the Torcolato is nonetheless lively, matching its fruits with nutty minerality, and its lush body with a skein of bright acidity--it’s outstanding. A mono-varietal Vespaiola that derives from Maculan’s limestone-rich, volcanic vineyards, grapes dry for four months to concentrate flavors and sugar before fermentation; the wine ages for a year in barrique, one-third new. more info
Giuseppe Quintarelli Primofiore 2013 750ml
Giuseppe Quintarelli Primofiore 2013 750ml
Price: $59.99

Peppery spices, tarry earth, crushed wildflowers, truffles and wet river rocks frame the succulent red and black fruits in the delicious ’13 Primofiore. Complex enough to be interesting yet uncomplicated and easy drinking, this wine glides across the palate with a silky, electric feel--it’s a sheer delight. Primofiore is a blend of Corvina, Corvinone, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc; the Cabernet Sauvignon is partially dried to intensify the wine’s flavor profile and its texture. Primofiore, which means “first flower,” is the easily accessible Quintarelli red, and a delicious wine that consistently over-delivers at its price point. more info