Another important reason to drink great wine.

The Allegrini Winery produces some of the best wines from Verona, Italy

The Allegrini Winery produces some of the best wines from Verona, Italy

We started with a 2001 La Grola from Allegrini. It was a blend that followed the imagination of the enologist, so is called simply Veronese (“from Verona”). Meanwhile, we opened and decanted a 1991 Amarone from the Masi winery.

Full disclosure:  I generally don’t buy from those two wineries any more.  They make excellent wines, and always have.  Allegrini is widely considered one of the top three (out of many hundreds) winemakers around Verona. The reason I don’t buy them is they have been “discovered” by wine media in the US, and their prices have soared.

That said, these bottles were purchased many years ago at very reasonable prices, and stored in a cool basement in central Germany, waiting for this past weekend.

The La Grola was excellent. Undertones of wild berries and tobacco, mild tannins, no trace of oak.

The Amarone was superb. I am a big fan of the traditional wines from around Verona, and Amarone is the undisputed champion. The drying of grapes before pressing results in a concentrated cherry and raisin flavor matched by few other wines anywhere.

Enjoying those terrific wines and chatting with our dear friend, we shared fond memories of Steve.  We made a short trip out to BarenSee (“Bear Lake”) in Stuttgart’s suburbs, to sit on the bench Pam had built as a memorial to her husband.

This memorial bench celebrates my friend Steve. From it, one can enjoy a view of Stuttgart's BarenSee (Bear Lake)

This memorial bench celebrates my friend Steve. From it, one can enjoy a view of Stuttgart’s BarenSee (Bear Lake)

Thank you, Allegrini and Masi for giving us a moment to celebrate a great guy who lived a great life and enjoyed great wine.

Rest In Peace my friend.

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