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Wine Tasting in the Trapp Family Lodge Wine Cellar - Ripasso

Sat Jun 5th, 2010 4pm-6pm
Trapp Family Lodge
Venue: Trapp Family Lodge
$15.00 fee per person
700 Trapp Hill Rd, Stowe, VT 05672 (Map) (Set as Local)
Wine Tasting in the Trapp Family Lodge Wine Cellar - Ripasso Stowe Vermont

We will be tasting new releases of Italian Ripasso's from Valpolicella, for inclusion on our list. Valpolicella is a viticultural zone of the province of Verona, Italy, east of Lake Garda. The hilly agricultural and marble-quarrying region of small holdings north of the Adige is famous for wine production. Valpolicella ranks just after Chianti in total Italian Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) wine production. The red wine known as Valpolicella is typically made from three grape varietals: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara. A variety of wine styles are produced in the area, including a recioto dessert wine and Amarone, a strong wine made from dried grapes. Valpolicella Classico is made from grapes grown in the original Valpolicella production zone. Valpolicella Superiore is aged at least one year and has an alcohol content of at least 12 percent. In the late 20th century, a new style of wine known as ripasso (meaning "repassed") emerged. With this technique, the pomace of leftover grape skins and seeds from the fermentation of recioto and Amarone are added to the batch of Valpolicella wines for a period of extended maceration. The additional food source for the remaining fermenting yeasts helps boost the alcohol level and body of the wines while also leeching additional tannins, glycerine and some phenolic compounds that contributes to a wine's complexity, flavor and color. As the production of Amarone has increased in the 21st century, so too has the prevalence of ripasso style wines appearing in the wine market with most Amarone producers also producing a ripasso as a type of " second wine". An alternative method is to use partially dried grapes, instead of left over pomace, which contain less bitter tannins and even more phenolic compounds. In late 2009, Ripasso della Valpolicella received its own DOC designation. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread.
The wines featured will be:
Almadi, Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2007
Cantina di Soave, "Rocca Alata", Ripasso Valpolicella 2007
Corte Giara, Ripasso Valpolicella 2006
Bussola, "Ca' del Laito", Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2004
Tommasi, "Ripasso", Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2005
A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $15.00 fee per person.

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