I was recently on vacation with my wife. Together we sat under the stars, a small fire pit going in front of us and a glass of Amarone in hand. It was a wonderful moment in time that two working parents seldom get to enjoy. I spoke in utter contentment, “The stars are so beautiful.” My wife looked at me, and I looked at her, and she said, “I love… Amarone.”

So maybe it wasn’t as romantic as I may have expected, yet I nodded in perfect agreement. The fact is, with all of my talk of Barolo, Sangiovese, Aliganico and the amazing white wines of Friuli, I really do love Amarone.

Amarone is a wine that is made by the hand of man through processes such as Recieto (Appassimento), where the harvested grapes are left to dry for months before being pressed.