Movie & Wine Pairing


Visionario 2013
Rosso Veronese IGT, Italy

A Little Romance (1979)
MONDAY, MAY 22 @ 03:45 PM
FRIDAY, JUNE 30 @ 10:00 PM

Be transported to the home of this Rosso Veronese with A Little Romance (1979), a story of young love and adventure filmed in Verona and Venice, Italy. An adolescent Diane Lane stars alongside good-natured pickpocket Laurence Olivier in this beautifully wrought charmer that befits a bright wine of intense cherry and blackberry notes – a wistful film for a perfectly blended wine.


If you’re a fan of Alessandro Gallici’s ‘visionary’ white blends, you’ll love this new release of his Visionario rosso. Born of Alessandro’s desire to create a great-value red in the Valpolicella style, this rich red is a collaboration with local winemaker, Franco Cristoforetti. They toiled for over a year until they perfected the inaugural release – here’s the highly anticipated 2013. It’s made using the ripasso method, where dried grapes are added in a second fermentation, giving the wine richness and weight. Three months of barrel aging adds further complexity to this berry-rich red.


manValpolicella, just east of Lake Garda, is known as the ‘Pearl of Verona.’ It’s home to a variety of reds, from lighter Valpolicella, Superiore, Ripasso (made with partially dried grape skins) and Amarone (made from dried grapes). Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara are the stars – and Visionario is made from 34% Corvina, 33% Corvinone and 33% Molinara.


Alessandro Gallici was born and raised in northern Italy. He knows every grape grower worth knowing, every premium vineyard, and has spent his life making acclaimed wines. While you may know him for his fine whites (or his award-winning Prosecco), he’s also a big fan of Verona’s reds. Here, he used his skills as a master blender to craft a Valpolicella-like wine, but with deeper flavors thanks to the ripasso method.


foodAlessandro’s stylish red will be great with your favorite steak (fattier cuts like ribeye will work best), as well as hearty stews (vegetarian versions or those featuring game meats). Locally, this type of wine is usually enjoyed with meaty pasta dishes, often with shavings of coveted black truffles. Try it alongside pappardelle with veal sausage and porcini mushrooms.

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