Simple Sips Episode: Pasqua Wines
Simple Sips is an exclusive video series from Wine ConneXtion created to provide a virtual tasting experience of product carried in our store. This first episode covers the region of Italy, where we enjoy Pasqua Wines with guest host and winemaker Alessandro Pasqua. All products covered in our virtual tasting are available in our store for pickup during normal business hours.
History and Values
With a century long history, Pasqua Vigneti e Cantine is an historic winery that produces high quality Veneto and Italian wines and one of the main players in the Italian and international wine market. Pasqua wants to enhance Italian wine: it’s constantly looking for terroirs and winemaking techniques that respect the environment and enhance the products. The third generation now leads the company, which includes Riccardo, Cecilia, Giovanni and Alessandro, the guest host and winemaker featured in our Pasqua Wines virtual tasting episode of Simple Sips.
Wine List for Tasting
1. Passione e Sentimento Bianco Veneto IGT, $11.99
Description. The grapes are selected and picked in advance and left to dry for a brief period in crates in the drying loft, thus obtaining a greater concentration of aromas and sugars. After the pressing of the grapes, they are macerated on the skins for 12 hours to increase the complexity and structure of the wine. Vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature. Once fermentation is completed, part of the wine is aged in French oak barrels. The wine is then assembled and bottled.
Style. PassioneSentimento Bianco has been created based on the idea of using Garganega alone to obtain an elegant white, with good structure, which evolves successfully over time. A white wine that, on the nose, reveals intense and decisive aromas, citrus notes and overtones of apricot and peach. On the palate, it is rounded and pleasant, well balanced with an enduring finish.
Food Pairings. To be served at 8 -10°C with seasoned cheeses, aperitifs or with your preferred recipes.
2. Passione e Sentimento Rosso Veneto IGT, $11.99
Description. Founding wine and starting point of the Romeo & Juliet project; red like love and passion. A blend of Corvina and Croatina grapes with a percentage of Merlot, which the drying period renders velvetier still. The grapes are picked by hand and left to dry in wooden crates in the drying loft. There, by means of humidity control and air circulation, the grapes lose around 30% of their water content and achieve a high sugar concentration. Given that the grapes have differing ageing times, vinification takes place separately in steel tanks; the blend being created only after this. PassioneSentimento is aged in oak tonneau barrels for 3 months.
Style. Beautiful deep ruby red in color, an intense and lingering nose, with striking notes of red fruits and spicy overtones. Balanced, rounded, plush and caressing on the palate, with velvety tannins.
Food Pairings. Great with red meat and game or with aged cheese.
3. Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore, $19.99
Description. Using the Ripasso technique we obtain the maximum expression of the Corvina, Rondinella, Corvinone and Negrara grapes, in order to produce this wine labelled Valpolicella Superiore D.O.C.. After long maceration on the skins, it remains in stainless steel until February before being pumped over the pomace from the vinification of the Amarone. This causes a new fermentation, which increases the body and aromas of the wine. It is then transferred into barrels of various sizes for 8 months prior to the final blend being prepared. After bottling, it undergoes another long period of maturation. Coming as it does from the valley of the cherry trees, the Valpantena, this wine displays assertive aromas of morello cherries, but also of blueberries and currants, which give way to liquorice notes and toast-like hints.
Style. Ruby-red, this wine offers intense aromas of wild cherries, redcurrant and hints of toasting. A rich and full-bodied wine, with sweet and round tannins on the palate.
Food Pairings. Excellent with savory first course dishes or meat, such as roast lamb, barbecued meats and seasoned cheese. Serve at 18-20°C.
4. Amarone della Valpolicella Limited Edition Labyrinth, $35.99
Description. The grapes are hand-picked in mid-September and laid out to dry in the drying loft for approximately three months, where the grapes lose around 25-30% of their weight with the resulting concentration of the substances present. After pressing, alcoholic fermentation in steel vats begins, for around 25-30 days at a controlled temperature and continuous punching down is carried out to encourage extraction of color and tannin. When finished, the wine is transferred to French oak barrels where the malolactic fermentation takes place that gives softness to the wine. After about 18-20 months of ageing, the wine is bottled and aged for a further four months.
Style. Deep red in color, with a broad nose, fresh and decisive aroma of red fruits like blackberry and cherry, spicy tones reminiscent of chocolate, toast and sweet notes of vanilla. The palate is warm, balanced, with soft tannins and notes of appassimento on the finish.
Food Pairings. Excellent with grilled red meat, powerful game stews and aged, rich cheeses. To be served at 18° -20°C.
Wine descriptions, styles and food pairings taken from the winemaker on pasqua.it.
Photo credits: Pasqua Wines, pasqua.it