Regular readers will know that I consider Valpolicella to be one of the great drinking wines of the world. It refreshes, it fits with almost any situation, and itâ€™s reasonably priced. A no-brainer for sure. The LCBO has also been touting Valpolicella in recent Vintages promotions so who knows, it may become trendy! Which would be great â€“ getting some people off the â€˜smooth/rich/sweetâ€™ thing.
While the regular Valpols at the LCBO offer wonderful summer refreshment, they can be a shade too light/tart for some who some who donâ€™t get it. Producers are trying to overcome this obstacle by crafting wines that come close to the Pinot Noir model. Still light/fresh but with a little more flesh and friendly flavours. Turning up the charm and crowd appeal.
The Valpolicella below spans all three of my red wine categories. Itâ€™s bright, lively with just a trace of something rustic and rich. Italian gusto and nourishment. Hard to think of a food or time that would not be improved with a bottle of Brigaldara. Get your stash for summer.
BRIGALDARA 10 Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy 917864 Vintages $14.95