What I’m Drinking
Being from italy, the most frequent question people ask me is, “Marcello, what’s your favorite Italian wine?”
A difficult question, no doubt, but if La Poja isn’t my favorite, it’s definitely in my top five. The Allegrini family in the Fumane Veneto region, north of Verona, make some of the area’s best wine, and La Poja is a gem.
The wine comes from a single vineyard of Corvina Veronese grapes, the major player for Veneto’s red wines and Amarone. If you like Amarone, you are going to fall in love with La Poja. This dry, red wine is filled with the aromas and flavors of spices, tobacco and dark chocolate. Aged 28 months in French barriques and another 15 months in the bottle for extra refinement, La Poja could stay in your collection for another 20 years. Right now, it pairs well with roasted game and slow-braised meat.
You can find La Poja in any fine wine shop in town for between $75 and $90.
—Marcello Palazzi is the district manager for the west coast of Florida and the Keys for wine importer WineBow.