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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Allegrini opts for better wine over DOC rules

AllegriniAllegrini has opted to pull out of the Valpolicella Classico denomination because the DOC will not allow Classico wines to be bottled with screwcaps. The estate's Valpolicella Classico will now be known simply as Valpolicella.

"We have been waiting for the regulations in Valpolicella Classico to be amended so that we could use screwcaps on this wine," winemaker Franco Allegrini told Decanter magazine, "but they haven't, so we have decided to pull out of Classico. The closure is more important to us than the denomination."

Allegrini has a history of being more interested in producing good wine than in following rules. The winery's excellent Palazzo della Torre is made using a variation of the ripasso method rather than the traditional one, at the expense of not being eligible for a more prestigious designation.
J. Silverheels Gray, 11:18 AM


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