Wine Pairings: Amarone Wine


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Yesterday we looked at wine pairings as an intro and some different things that you should do when pairing wines with foods.  That being that starter we will go through and look at some different wines and what works best with them but as always it is the person’s flavor profile and what they like that will be the final determining factor if something works or it doesn’t.

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Amarone Wine:

This is a normally a Italian wine that is a rich dry red wine.  The grapes are dried so that they have a higher concentration of flavor in them that translate over to the wine.  The wines name in Italian means ” The Great Bitter”.

When drying red grapes, the Amarone wine comes with big, flavors but brings a fruity element as well.  The Amarone wine has flavors of raisins and black cherries and will also have earthier tones to back it up.  With big cherry or raspberry notes in the front, the Amarone wine also has a softer side and adds the sweetness of vanilla, most of the time, at the end.

When you have big flavors and softer sweet notes towards the ends, you need to have bold flavors from you foods for them to hold up against a wine like this.  The best combinations for this is going to be your red meats with Italian flavors.  The best sauces to pair with this will be rich, red wine sauces and a good Parmigiano Reggiano cheese will go fantastic with this.

What you want to stay away from with this wine are most Seafood as they just don’t have the flavor to back them up against this wine. Any other light meats like Chicken and Pork, will not have the flavor profile as well.  As for the sauces, a creamy sauce or a citrus based sauce will not be the best choice either.  Because of the acidity with this wine, the cream sauce is one could turn your stomach. Strong acidity doesn’t bode well for cream.