Blend: 70% Corvina, 16% Sangiovese, 14% Molinara
A versatile wine that can be served throughout the meal. Perfect with red meats and lightly matured cheeses.
In 1549 when the Alighieri family found itself with only female heirs, they married into the powerful imperial Serego family, resulting in the Serego Alighieri name which the family has carried on ever since. In the forward-thinking spirit of the family, Marcantonio Serego was an enthusiastic proponent of agricultural reform, land reclamation, and of increasing the productiveness of his estates in the 16th century. Continuing the development of the estate in the 18th century, careful crop cultivation was initiated with the identification of specific sites for growing grape varieties. Later, in the 1920’s, Pieralvise Serego Alighieri founded the School of Agriculture in Gargagnago with the goal of replanting local native grape varieties, furthering their dedication to the land.
Most recently, in 1973, Tenuta Serego Alighieri joined the Masi Group, with whom they share a great love for the land. The Masi Technical Group, under the leadership of Raffaele Boscaini, substitutes the figure of the winemaker with that of a team of experts including oenologists, agronomists, marketing experts, chemists, and food product technicians. The group also carries out research and experimentation in collaboration with universities and other institutions, ultimately contributing to the innovation of wines throughout the Venetian regions. Today, the property where 21 of Dante’s descendants have lived generation after generation, is a landmark site for viticulture and the embodiment of the true spirit of Valpolicella.
Part of the greater Veneto wine region, Verona, the city, is the capital of Italy’s wine trade, hosting the country’s most important wine fair, Vinitaly, each year.
Everyday-drinking red and white blends can also be bottled under the heading Veronese IGT or IGP if they are comprised of approved Veneto grape varieties. Typically for reds, these include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Corvina, Corvinone and Merlot among others. For whites, the approved grapes include Chardonnay, Friulano, Garganega, Pinot Bianco, Trebbiano and others. Rosato can also be labeled in this way with the same varieties approved for red blends. These wines represent an affordable introduction to the wines of the area.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended red wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged resulting in a wide variety of red wine styles. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a red wine blend variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.
How to Serve Red Wine
A common piece of advice is to serve red wine at “room temperature,” but this suggestion is imprecise. After all, room temperature in January is likely to be quite different than in August, even considering the possible effect of central heating and air conditioning systems. The proper temperature to aim for is 55° F to 60° F for lighter-bodied reds and 60° F to 65° F for fuller-bodied wines.
How Long Does Red Wine Last?
Once opened and re-corked, a bottle stored in a cool, dark environment (like your fridge) will stay fresh and nicely drinkable for a day or two. There are products available that can extend that period by a couple of days. As for unopened bottles, optimal storage means keeping them on their sides in a moderately humid environment at about 57° F. Red wines stored in this manner will stay good – and possibly improve – for anywhere from one year to multiple decades. Assessing how long to hold on to a bottle is a complicated science. If you are planning long-term storage of your reds, seek the advice of a wine professional.