What do Italians eat and drink at Christmas? The right answer is that in every region (if not province) you’ll find different dishes, according to different environments and historical traditions.  The choice of wine has always been inextricably intertwined with the culinary local options.

Here is a quick glance to the Veneto region’s traditions and suitable wine matches:

As starters, cured meat is a classic. The most famous from Veneto is Soppressa, made from 100% pork. A medium bodied, crisp white wine like our Costeggiola Soave Classico will cut through the fatness. But a juicy red like our Tacchetto Bardolino Classico is a good option too.

In order to warm the Christmas spirit nothing better than a broth made with cappone, a cockerel that was fattened to improve the quality of the flesh. And the trick works! The tasty stock is served with tortellini stuffed with ham or beef, so you can match it with a more structured and savoury Soave, like our Ferra Soave Classico. But also a soft red with plenty of fruit like our Munus will work a treat.

The broth usually provides one popular second course that is bollito (stew). In Verona it is usually seasoned with pearà , a sauce made with stock, bread crumbs, bone marrow and pepper. A perfect choice is our velvety and structured Pojega Ripasso.

Roasts are a staple in the Italian festive menu, in particular those marinated in red wine, usually accompanied with polenta. Amarone, a member of the national wine aristocracy, is used in this type of preparation, leaving the beef overnight marinating in the wine. It makes for an expensive sauce but the results are amazing. Guerrieri Rizzardi is proud to produce two fine expressions of Amarone Classico, Villa Rizzardi e our flagship Calcarole. They are deep, full bodied and extremely elegant.

Dessert is a must. And takes various forms. As a winery from the Verona area we can help but to mention Pandoro. With its soft and sweet hug that calls for a sweet but fresh wine like our Recioto di Soave

   

    

     

 

The Italian and International elite of wine turned up in Merano last week for one of the classiest appointments of the year. The 26th edition of the Wine Festival saw five days of tastings, debates, wine Masterclasses and food events with chefs of international fame.

Guerrieri Rizzardi was present for the 11th year, this time displaying Calcarole Amarone 2008 and Pojega Ripasso 2015 that delighted the palates of our visitors. On Monday, traditional day for “vintage bottles”, we poured Villa Rizzardi Amarone 2003 that was still in great form!

 

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14 years old!

 

 

 

         

We are delighted to say that this is the third vintage in a row that our flagship, single vineyard Amarone Classico Calcarole has been awarded the top prizes from both Gambero Rosso Vini d’Italia and the Guida Bibenda.

Both the vintages preceding this also won double honours:

2013 Calcarole Amarone della Valpolicella Classico: TRE BICCHIERI Gambero Rosso / 5 GRAPPOLI – Bibenda

2012 – Calcarole not made

2011 Calcarole Amarone della Valpolicella Classico: TRE BICCHIERI Gambero Rosso / 5 GRAPPOLI – Bibenda

2010 – Calcarole not made

2009 Calcarole Amarone della Valpolicella Classico: TRE BICCHIERI Gambero Rosso / 5 GRAPPOLI – Bibenda

The wine will be available to taste through a number of events throughout the rest of this year and in 2018 – we will update where and when here on NEWS.

 

 

Platinum Medal 95 points: Guerrieri Rizzardi 3 CRU Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012

We are a little bit happy to say the least with this result. The 2012 3CRU Amarone has already been a firm favourite internationally so to get recognised in this way is a pleasure.
Here is what one of the judges had to say on the wine:

Opens up beautifully with ripe and pronounced notes of raspberries and cherry fruit. Elegant and sensual palate with juicy tannins, complex spices and a long, fresh aftertaste. Stunning!’

Available now through most of our importer/distributors…

 

LOS ANGELES 2017 February 12th.

We will be at Barker Hangar pouring the Tre Bicchieri winning Calcarole Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 as well as Pojega Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2014 (Due Bicchieri Rossi) and our Valpolicella Classico (Due Bicchieri).

Information:
Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Ave
CA 90405, USA
Monday 13 February 2017 13:00
Contact
(213) 985-1011
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How do you improve a Cru vineyard? The answer is with a lot of care, maintenance and hard work and then on top of that a renovation!

That is exactly what we have done to the historic, Cru vineyard of Pojega in the heart of Negrar in Valpolicella.

The vineyard was replanted in 1978 in neat rows of high trellised vines (double Veronese pergola). Now, decades later, every year calls for regular work in the vineyard: the replacing of the supports, trimming of edges, replanting of spent vines.

However this year saw an even bigger project at Pojega. This year we removed all excess vegetation from the eastern side of the vineyard and made room for at least two new rows of  vines to be planted. Two rows that will run the entire length of the vineyard.

At the northern part of Pojega, by clearing and preparing the land, we have created space which will allow us to extend each row of vines by several metres.

In addition removing excess wild growth around the edges of the vineyards can help to improve the health of the vines themselves. Being sensitive pants grapevines proximity to other large plant growth can cause problems.

All of which means that Pojega vineyard –  from which comes both Villa Rizzardi Amarone Classico and Pojega Ripasso – will cover approximately an extra 1/3 of a hectare and one day those extra vines should be the source of over 2,000 bottles of much needed (as it runs out earlier and earlier every year!) Pojega Ripasso.

 

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The contrast between Pojega’s limestone and dark clay soils
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The northern part of Pojega cleared to extend the rows of vines
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The new space on the eastern side, the ground will be made ready for replanting in early spring

Once again we are very happy to share the latest award given to the new vintage of our flagship Calcarole Amarone.

The 2011 Calcarole Amarone has been awarded the top grade of 5 GRAPPOLI  by influential Italian wine guide Bibenda 2017.

Calcarole is made every year but only released if we believe the wine is up to the quality level which we seek for our top Cru.

The last vintage we released was the 2009, also a winner of 5 Grappoli.

Already the 2011 vintage has been awarded:

  • Tre Bicchieri – -Gambero Rosso 2017
  • Platinum Award – Merano Wine Awards 2016
  • Tre Super Stelle – I Vini di Veronelli 2016

We look forward to further positive reviews on the wine as it goes on general release.

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In its 87th edition the Bardolino Grape & Wine Festival attracts thousands of visitors every year. Set along the lakeshore, the festival is an arcade of stalls where visitors get the chance to sample a plethora of Bardolino wines from many of the region’s key producers. Alongside the wine there is plenty of food on offer and entertainment too.

 

Central to the festival is the annual prize giving in which a select number of wines and vineyards are awarded each year, vineyards or wines that have shown themselves to best the DOC’s finest. The awards are conferred upon the producers and wine estates by the Commune di Bardolino.

 

This year we are very pleased with a triple haul of gold medals, two of which were awarded to our vineyards and one to our Bardolino Classico DOC 2015.

It is particularly rewarding for us to see the vineyards (Tacchetto & our organic vineyard) come out on top and adding to lasts year’s vineyard award. Fitting well with our belief and philosophy, which centres on concentrating our efforts on the land and on the vines.

 

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Best vineyard for TACCHETTO
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Best wine for Bardolino Classico 2015
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Best vineyard for the our organic vineyard (under the name of Contessa Maria Cristina Loredan Rizzardi)


 

We are delighted to announce that CALCAROLE, our flagship, single vineyard Amarone has been awarded TRE BICCHIERI by the Gambero Rosso, Vini D’Italia 2017.

The award continues a run of successes of 9 Tre Bicchieri in the last 11 years

This come shortly after being awarded the highest level of a PLATINUM AWARD by Merano Wine Awards – one of only 22 wines out of  

In addition Calcarole 2011 already, last year,  was awarded the top level of 3 SUPER STELLE by I Vini di Veronelli

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MERUM, the specialist magazine on Italian wine which boasts a wide readership in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy has just completed a review of Bardolino wines.

Renowned wine journalist Andreas März tasted over 50 Bardolino reds, mostly from the 2015 vintage. The wines came from 45 different producers and of the 50 wines ten received the highest rating of 2 hearts.

We are delighted to say that two of those wines were from Guerrieri Rizzardi. The Bardolino Classico DOP 2015 and ‘Tacchetto’ Bardolino Classico DOP 2015 both achieved a 2 heart rating.

The 2015 will long be remembered as one of the region’s best in recent years and we are particularly happy our vineyard expression ‘Tacchetto’. We believe Tacchetto has the potential to age and as it develops to show a more complex side to Bardolino red wine.

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