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Corvinone

Corvina plays the starring role in Valpolicella (up to 75 percent) and is regarded as the blend's linchpin. Known more for its acidity and sour-cherry flavors than its depth, Corvina makes for lightly colored wine that sometimes resembles the Gamay variety of Beaujolais. The Corvinone grape, long thought to be a clone of Corvina but now regarded as a relative, is allowed in the blend as a substitute for up to 50 percent of Corvina's proportion.

Food matches for Valpolicella Blend wines include:

  • Chicken salad with pomegranate, pinenuts and raisins (Valpolicella)
  • Roasted duck breast rubbed with five-spice (Amarone)
  • Taleggio cheese with walnuts (Amarone)
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