La nostra Grappa di Amarone Albino Armani piace anche agli americani!

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My second great grappa came at lunch the next day. How’s that for an auspicious start to a trip?! My second winery visit of that morning was to the Albino Armani vineyards, one of the highest in the Valpolicella/Amarone zone. It’s also one of the newest, a beautifully stylish, efficient, and eco-friendly installation run by a scion of a family that has been making wine in northern Italy since 1607.

After leading us through a tasting of his whole line of wines – all impressive – Signor Armani served us a mercifully light and tasty lunch, which he followed by pouring small snifters of his Grappa di Amarone. Bliss! Clear as ice water – it was lightly chilled, which enhanced its heady aroma – smooth, elegant, with warmth in its long, long finish, this grappa was every bit as stylish as a name like Armani might suggest, and just as welcome and soothing a digestif as the previous night’s revelation. I floated on a cloud of well-being through the rest of the day’s winery visits. Needless to say, I acquired a bottle of this grappa too before moving on.

Armani’s Grappa di Amarone is, I am very happy to say, available here in the US. Total Wine & More, a multi-state chain, carries it: I don’t know whether that is an exclusive, but like the Venegazzù grappa, this is a bottle worth searching for. I believe it retails for around $50, which I regard as a bargain for a brandy of this quality.

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Quattrocento anni nella vigna e una passione infinita per il vino. La storia della famiglia Armani e quella della viticoltura nella Valle dell’Adige, fra le province di Trento e Verona, procedono insieme, senza interruzione, da oltre 4 secoli. Oggi  “Albino Armani Viticoltori dal 1607” vuol dire territorio, anzi territori. La storica proprietà a Dolcè, in Valdadige, provincia di Verona, è affiancata da altre due tenute in Veneto: una a Marano nella Valpolicella Classica  e una in provincia di Treviso,  a San Polo di Piave, per la produzione di vini biodinamici, oltre alle due tenute in Trentino e Friuli. Le cinque cantine presidiano il territorio vinificando le uve dei vigneti circostanti. In ciascuna di esse il filo conduttore è un terroir capace di restituire ai vini i caratteri della zona di provenienza. Il quartier generale rimane a Dolcè, dove si può visitare anche la “Conservatoria” delle viti autoctone  in via di estinzione della Valdadige.