The Valpolicella region of northeast Italy sits above the city of Verona and produces a range of wines styles, from the crisp dry whites of Soave to rich Amarone reds, and sweet Recioto wines. The star grape for reds here is Corvina which has thick skins rich in color and flavors of violet, red cherry and plum. Tommaso Bussola blends this with the lesser known Corvinone grape which adds body and spice. The winemaking method for “Ripasso” wines is unique in that once the grape juice has fermented, it is then refermented on the dried grape skins from Amarone production, boosting intensity and imparting flavors of dried fruits. Perfect for a cool fall night!