Ripasso and Short Ribs

The weather has turned cold and Michele was making short ribs from her book The Italian Slow Cooker for dinner.IMG_1128

I wanted a red wine that would  not be overwhelmed by the ribs. I decided on the Valpolicella Ripasso 2010 DOC made from 75% Corvina, !0% Rondinella and 15% Corvinone from Tenuta Santa Maria Alla Pieve. The 2010 has just arrived and it is showing very well.


 The vineyards are located on clay hills with calcareous layers. The training system is the pergoletta, there are 5,600 vines per hectare and the harvest is by hand at the end of September. In the middle of October when the grapes have reached their optimal maturation and sugar level, they are pressed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless tanks for 25/30 days with daily pump over. The wine is later macerated and fermented a second time on the skins and raisins of the grapes used for Amarone, which are still rich in sugar.  This is followed by 24 months of aging in tonneaux and barriques where malolactic fermentation takes place. The wine is then aged for 6 months in bottle before release. This is a complex well-balanced wine with nice fruity aromas and flavors with hints of dried cherry, blueberry, licorice and a touch of spice, which made it a perfect wine with the ribs. $35



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3 responses to “Ripasso and Short Ribs

  1. Tom Maresca

    Great minds think alike: I just opened a bottle of the Santa Maria alla Pieve Valpolicella Ripasso yesterday too. It’s a fine wine in the up-to-the-minute Valpolicella Ripasso style — big and austerely fruity, with plenty of guts for rich meats. It must have loved your short ribs!


  2. Ciao Tom- Yes,great minds do think alike- yes, it loved the short ribs!

  3. looks great…gotta try that combo…we love ripasso with our BBQ ribs here in TX

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