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Wine of the Day: 2010 Masi Bonacosta Valpolicella

2010 Masi Bonacosta is as passionate as the Italian land it was cultivated in. The winery — situated in Valpolicella, one of Northern Italy's most renowned wine-growing regions — has vineyards with sweeping hills close to Verona, evoking the notion that this might have been Romeo and Juliet's table wine.

Valpolicella has a rich history and was revered by Hemingway himself for wines with "light, dry, and friendly" qualities. This bottling is a blend of traditional Veronese grapes, including varietals I've never heard of, like Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara — but that didn't prevent us from popping the cork!

And we're glad we did: this wine is all about intoxicating your senses from the very beginning. We got vanilla and cherries on the nose and a light, smooth palate with minimal tannins. The earthy, almost salty finish gives it complexity that will please any lover of a robust red wine. And for the price tag of $14, it's a steal. In fact, we're already dreaming of it with a simple spaghetti aglio e peperoncino or a chocolate gelato.

Have you ever had Valpolicella?

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