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December 17, 2017
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The best of both worlds

In wine circles it’s not uncommon to have lengthy debates about “Old World” versus “New World” wines. Actually, it’s quite common to hear wine enthusiasts debate at length on many topics! When it comes to wine, it seems everyone has an opinion, which is a good thing. Taste is, after all, subjective. But like most things in life, attempting to distill complex issues into simple black-and-white stances simply ends up creating headaches for the ol’ grey matter.

The fact is the Old World of wine — those wine-producing countries more or less surrounding the Mediterranean Sea — has thousands of years of wine culture and historically tends to produce a different style of wine from most New World (essentially any wine region outside of Europe) producers. However, the modern world of wine is amazingly diverse. Nowadays it’s just as easy to find a ripe, fruity and tannic red from France as it is to come across a California Chardonnay emulating the elegance of quality Burgundy. The lines between Old World and New World have blurred.

This is great for wine drinkers; a broader atlas of wines means better wine options. That said, a wine consumer could still easily spend a lifetime sipping the diversity found within a single “Old World” country. Take Italy. With twenty different administrative wine regions and hundreds upon hundreds of recognized wine appellations, there’s no want for choice. From Friuli to Sicily, the range of wines is truly staggering.

So where to start? The Masi 2011 Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico offers a good option. Indeed you’ll be in good company pouring this wine in your glass. Valpolicella Classico was reputedly a favourite of Ernest Hemingway, who likened the wine as “congenial as the house of a favourite brother.” Masi, a venerable Venetian producer, uses the traditional red grapes of the region — Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara — in a blend that’s both classic and contemporary. Fruity but with an earthy backbone, light and easy going yet punchy with good balance overall, this red combines the best of both worlds and makes for a versatile food-pairing partner.

Where to find it

Masi 2011 Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico is available across Canada, priced from $16.95.

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