I had not heard of Giusti Winery before a few weeks ago, but now that I know, I would like more people to know about them. I first tried their Prosecco wines and had recommended their Rosalia Prosecco. But they are more than Prosecco. The three red still wines I tried were all top quality; a Ripasso, an Amarone, and a Rosso Veneto. The Ripasso and Amarone were very rich, and flavourful, and ones that I could see going well during the Christmas holidays, or anytime during our cold wintry nights.
A Ripasso can be thought of as a baby Amarone, as the grape skins from the Amarone and refermented with the Valpolicella grape to add extra complexity to the Ripasso. Try a Ripasso with a cheese plate, a mushroom risotto, or grilled steak.
Amarone is the most full-bodied and flavourful of the Valpolicella wines and can handle food with lots of flavour. The grapes used for Amarone are first partially dried to concentrate the sugar and flavour, followed by fermentation. Try an Amarone with Parmesan cheese, braised beef ribs, duck cooked in balsamic vinegar, or wild meats.
Giusti Umberto I Rosso Veneto – Sweet dark cherries together with a whiff of capsicum on the nose. Fuller bodied, with flavours of ripe cassis, juicy black cherries, ripe plums, and chocolate. Softer tannins and medium acidity. A very good quality wine. Enjoy with roasts or stews, or a very flavourful pasta dish.