Despite the full body and aroma complexity, Ripasso wine is very easy to drink (also thanks to its affordable price). The alcohol content (between 13% and 14% vol.) is noticeable but it’s balanced by the freshness, given by the acidity, and the fruitiness. Tannins are smooth and not astringent.
Thanks to these characteristics, you can enjoy a glass of Ripasso in the most different occasions. If Valpolicella is the every-day-wine and Amarone is the big-occasion-wine, we can consider Ripasso as the week-end-wine.
Due to its structure and complexity, Ripasso wine requires intensely flavoured food.
Moreover, Ripasso has a good acidity which makes it perfect for fat dishes. Acidity in fact balances the sweetish taste typical, for example, of fatty meats and it helps to clean the palate.
The ideal pairing is with red meat. In particular, grilled and barbecue meat which, being slightly bitter because of the grill cooking, are balanced by Ripasso softness and fruity aromas. Thanks to its complex bouquet, Ripasso also matches with meats cooked with spices and herbs, such as roasts, stuffed meats and roast beef. It is also perfect with rice or pasta dishes seasoned with meat or game sauce.
Another excellent match is with aged cheeses and cold cuts.
About the local dishes we recommend:
First courses: Pasta e fasoi (pasta with beans sauce), Bigoli con il musso o con l’anatra (pasta with donkey or duck sauce), Tortellini di Valeggio (filled pasta seasoned with butter and sage), Risotto all’Amarone (Rice cooked in Amarone wine)
Second courses: Pastissada de caval con polenta (horse meat stew with maize cream), Bollito misto con pearà, (boiled meat with pepper cream)Formaggio Monte Veronese Dop (local seasoned cheese), Polenta con soppressa e formaggi della Lessinia (maize cream with salami and local cheeses)
Valpolicella Ripasso is a wine with intense flavours and a long finish. Therefore you should NEVER match it with delicate and lightly flavoured dishes as the wine will overwhelm the food taste. Therefore we do not recommend to match Ripasso with simple dishes such as plain rice and pasta, vegetable soups, white fish.
The cost of a bottle of Ripasso, just like all wines, can vary a lot. From 8-9 euros to more than 50-60 euros.
The average price of a bottle, if bought directly in the winery, is between 10 and 20 euros.
However it is possible to find some Ripasso at a lower price, both in supermarkets and in some winery shops. These bottles are usually more “basic” but however appreciable. These low cost Ripasso come from cooperative wineries or big companies, capable of lowering production costs and therefore able to guarantee a very competitive market price.
Some others Ripasso bottles can cost even more than 30 euros. This is the case of particularly prestigious wineries or high quality wines obtained with more expensive techniques. Organic certification, low yielded cultivations, strict bunch selection and long aging process can determine a higher final price.