WINE: Bolla Valpolicella
Light ruby red in color, this is a light-bodied fruit-driven red wine, with red fruit and berry aromas. Its cherry and berry flavors are upfront and uncomplicated, with a touch of spice on the finish. With very little tannin and ample acidity, this simple wine is pleasant and crisp and merely serves to refresh the palate when paired with Greg’s pea gnudi or gnocchi without overwhelming it. Yet the wine has just enough assertiveness to pair well with the dish’s more intense flavors of bacon and mint. Try serving it slightly chilled.
It’s hard to discuss Valpolicella without also talking about Amarone, the region’s most famous red wine. Both wines are typically made from a blend of Corvina, Rondinelli and molinara grapes, yet any similarities to one another end there. Wines simply known as Valpolicella are made from fresh grapes and are simple, young and fruity. Amarone is made from partially dried grapes, producing intensely flavored, full-bodied wines featuring a unique gamut of flavors including cherry jam, plum pudding, and raisins. For a good alternative to the very expensive Amarone, look for a Valpolicella Ripasso, which is made by taking a simple Valpolicella wine and putting it in contact with the pomace, or pulpy mass, leftover from making Amarone.
PRICE: less than $10.00
Also pairs well with chicken, pasta, pizza, risotto, and sausage.
Varietals- Corvina, rondinella, molinara
Region– Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
- Category Red Wine
- Varietal Corvina
- Region Valpolicella Italy