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The other half is picky about his wine; like, really, REALLY picky.
There’s one particularly Italian wine he adores, which he only deviates from when he has no other choice… and then he complains the entire time how it’s not as nice as his usual bottle.
But premium Italian wine specialists, Independent Wine, proved they know how to pick a good Italian wine by matching him with his a new favourite tipple.
I gave them a steer in the right direction. ‘He loves a full-bodied Amarone red wine, made from a partially dehydrated corvina grape,’ I told Elvira, the co-founder and CEO of the company.
A few days later she let me know there was a very special package making its way to me, containing a bottle of Marchesa Maria Bella, Valpolicella Ripasso, 2017.
This low-sulphite sweet red wine is 100% organic, and is created by winemaker Camilla Rossi-Chauvenet at her sustainable winery, Massimago.
Using traditional winemaking techniques, the bunches are gently crushed and left to soak in their own juices. The wine is then fermented in stainless steel tanks, to which Amarone skins are added to deepen the fruity flavour and kickstart a second fermentation process.
The wine is then transferred to French oak barrels for an entire year to develop rich aromas of of kirsch and cranberry, with eucalyptus, nutmeg and fruit jam.
It sounded delicious, but I knew it would take something truly remarkable to impress my own couch connoisseur.
He opened the bottle to give it a chance to breathe, then poured a glass. ‘It smells promising,’ he conceded. He took a sip and I held my breath…
‘This… ‘ he started, ‘is one of the nicest wines I’ve ever tried.’
He absolutely loved it; there was even talk of it being nicer than his tried-and-true favourite. I never thought I’d see the day he get tempted away from his first love, so Elvira did a phenomenal job.
The team at Independent Wine have proven, beyond a doubt, they know how to pick a good Italian wine, so get in touch for your own personal recommendation.
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