EP 430 Italian Ripasso Wines From The Veneto

Gary Vaynerchuk tastes 3 Ripasso wines and gives his thoughts and MOTT had to “link up” a lot today. Gary seemed to get down to business today!

Wines tasted in this episode:

2005 Campagnola Le Bine Valpolicella Classico SuperioreValpolicella
2005 Accordini Ripasso ValpolicellaValpolicella
2005 Zenato Ripassa ValpolicellaValpolicella

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John__J

qotd: tons of fun wine varietals/regions out there. Been looking for and when I can actually find them wines from Greece, Switzerland, Slovenia, Hungary, Uruguay, Corsica France, Reunion France etc., and lots of lesser known grapes like Charbono, Chasselas, Mondeuse, Tannat, Valdiguie, Savagnin, Picolit, etc, etc, etc,etc.
How could wine ever stop being fun or get boring?

Tags: italy, red, review, Ripassa, ripasso, venato, Video, wine, wines, zenato

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  • PSPatrick

    I really loved the 2001 Zenato Ripassa, it was one of my favourite wines. I bought some bottles of the 2004 and 2005 vintages a couple of weeks ago. I am a little curious now, looks like I should try a bottle next weekend…

  • PSPatrick

    I really loved the 2001 Zenato Ripassa, it was one of my favourite wines. I bought some bottles of the 2004 and 2005 vintages a couple of weeks ago. I am a little curious now, looks like I should try a bottle next weekend…

  • Chris S

    I love your fun fact enough to say that that is my fun fact of the day. I agree with it 100% and that is what my girlfriend and I have been doing for the past few weeks. It’s definitely made a difference.

  • Chris S

    I love your fun fact enough to say that that is my fun fact of the day. I agree with it 100% and that is what my girlfriend and I have been doing for the past few weeks. It’s definitely made a difference.

  • salvatore

    Wow ! Great show……

    I’ve been experimenting with Ripasso for about 6 months now.
    Because I love Amarone…but I’m a cheap bastard.
    I’m trying to get in that same happy place for less $$$$.

    I was introduced to a great Ripasso; Cesari Mara, by the wine manager @ Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge,Ma. It’s nearly as good as a moderately priced Amarone; with similar flavor characteristics.

  • salvatore

    Wow ! Great show……

    I’ve been experimenting with Ripasso for about 6 months now.
    Because I love Amarone…but I’m a cheap bastard.
    I’m trying to get in that same happy place for less $$$$.

    I was introduced to a great Ripasso; Cesari Mara, by the wine manager @ Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge,Ma. It’s nearly as good as a moderately priced Amarone; with similar flavor characteristics.

  • italianwinelover

    Awesome ep! Never even thought about trying whites before, went into a local winery, tried their chardonnay, loved it and bought it. Great advise to try something new and thats exactly what I’m doing!!!

    Love the Ripasso…stumbled on them about a year ago-nice way to try Amarone for us cheapies. I do like the Zenato and have not tried the others…you’ve peaked my taste buds!

    If at first you don’t succeed….try another bottle!

  • italianwinelover

    Awesome ep! Never even thought about trying whites before, went into a local winery, tried their chardonnay, loved it and bought it. Great advise to try something new and thats exactly what I’m doing!!!

    Love the Ripasso…stumbled on them about a year ago-nice way to try Amarone for us cheapies. I do like the Zenato and have not tried the others…you’ve peaked my taste buds!

    If at first you don’t succeed….try another bottle!

  • pawncop

    Good episode. Nice wines to look for, and I have found a store that has an extensive (at least to me) selection.

    Useless triva – the name KU Klux Klan is supposedly from cocking a Colt Single Action revolver.

  • pawncop

    Good episode. Nice wines to look for, and I have found a store that has an extensive (at least to me) selection.

    Useless triva – the name KU Klux Klan is supposedly from cocking a Colt Single Action revolver.

  • Kelly

    Thanks a bunch for featuring these “poor man’s Amarones”. Don’t let anybody say that you don’t respond to requests.

  • Kelly

    Thanks a bunch for featuring these “poor man’s Amarones”. Don’t let anybody say that you don’t respond to requests.

  • Eric Gardner

    Great Job. Love learning new stuff. Keep it up. Trust your TV instincts and don’t listen to anyone about how to do the show. It’s just like trusting your own palate when you taste wine.

  • Eric Gardner

    Great Job. Love learning new stuff. Keep it up. Trust your TV instincts and don’t listen to anyone about how to do the show. It’s just like trusting your own palate when you taste wine.

  • Robin C

    QOTD: Sir Isaac Newton, discoverer of the principles of gravity, also
    invented the cat door.

  • Robin C

    QOTD: Sir Isaac Newton, discoverer of the principles of gravity, also
    invented the cat door.

  • gregtrop

    I have never had an Amarone, because I have a problem paying that much without having tried it. I’ll definitely try a Ripasso to find out if they are worth it.

    QOTD: Stout and Port beer are the same. In the old days they used to write “port” on the stout kegs when they were ready to be transported and it stuck.

  • gregtrop

    I have never had an Amarone, because I have a problem paying that much without having tried it. I’ll definitely try a Ripasso to find out if they are worth it.

    QOTD: Stout and Port beer are the same. In the old days they used to write “port” on the stout kegs when they were ready to be transported and it stuck.

  • Dave from VA

    QOTD: When one of the National Institutes of Health is reviewing a grant proposal worth over a million dollars (on average) that is 25 pages long and has taken a researcher months (average) to prepare, they typically only spend about ten minutes deciding whether or not to grant the funding. There are just that many people trying to do research, and so few dollars to go around…

  • Dave from VA

    QOTD: When one of the National Institutes of Health is reviewing a grant proposal worth over a million dollars (on average) that is 25 pages long and has taken a researcher months (average) to prepare, they typically only spend about ten minutes deciding whether or not to grant the funding. There are just that many people trying to do research, and so few dollars to go around…

  • Taylor

    Great show, nothing new. I havent had a Valpolicella yet, but because I love my “Pal” I will seek one out in the near future.
    QOTD I know this is a little late, but fun fact “It is a violation of city code to sell chicks or ducklings to a minor within 1 week of the Easter holiday.” – Baltimore, Maryland

  • Taylor

    Great show, nothing new. I havent had a Valpolicella yet, but because I love my “Pal” I will seek one out in the near future.
    QOTD I know this is a little late, but fun fact “It is a violation of city code to sell chicks or ducklings to a minor within 1 week of the Easter holiday.” – Baltimore, Maryland

  • Bookman

    QOTD; March 27, 1939; The University of Oregon defeats The Ohio State University, to win the first ever NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. And it’s been March Madness ever since!

    Good show, as usual. I tend to shy away from the Italian/French wines, mainly because I have a “need to know” where, if I can’t identify the vitner, the varietal, region, etc., I won’t buy it, because it stems from my need to categorize things in my head.

    If you have time one episode, and are doing an Italian or French region, can you quickly break it down for us? For example; The likes of Louis LaTour makes a wide variety of products, but is it all the same appelation? What’s the main differences?

    Thanks!

  • Bookman

    QOTD; March 27, 1939; The University of Oregon defeats The Ohio State University, to win the first ever NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. And it’s been March Madness ever since!

    Good show, as usual. I tend to shy away from the Italian/French wines, mainly because I have a “need to know” where, if I can’t identify the vitner, the varietal, region, etc., I won’t buy it, because it stems from my need to categorize things in my head.

    If you have time one episode, and are doing an Italian or French region, can you quickly break it down for us? For example; The likes of Louis LaTour makes a wide variety of products, but is it all the same appelation? What’s the main differences?

    Thanks!

  • alco holland

    Ron-den-knee-a? sounds like you got Spain on the brain there Boss. Good show lovethe ripassa

  • alco holland

    Ron-den-knee-a? sounds like you got Spain on the brain there Boss. Good show lovethe ripassa

  • ScottyWed

    Always have fun watching your show. Can’t wait for my April 1st Secret pack.

    Fun Fact: Ben Franklin said “Beer is living proof that God loves us and want’s us to be happy.” I guess he didn’t drink much wine…

  • ScottyWed

    Always have fun watching your show. Can’t wait for my April 1st Secret pack.

    Fun Fact: Ben Franklin said “Beer is living proof that God loves us and want’s us to be happy.” I guess he didn’t drink much wine…

  • DenverDarlin’

    Yes, I’ve had a Valpolicella Ripasso. Thanks for the show. It was great to have a comparison of three in a row.

  • DenverDarlin’

    Yes, I’ve had a Valpolicella Ripasso. Thanks for the show. It was great to have a comparison of three in a row.

  • TennLee

    QOTD: History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is. (tj)

  • http://none TennLee

    QOTD: History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is. (tj)

  • msb2ncsu

    Sorry, a bit behind on my video podcasts…

    Thought it was interesting that the guy next to me at work (who has probably consumed 5 bottles of wine in his live) has had the Zenato Ripassa and I have had the Accordini at a local restaurant. The Zenato is responsible for him trying things other than North Carolina varietals (muscadine/scuppernong) and fruit-based wines (like apple-raspberry stuff). He now looks forward to having a new wine with steak or pasta.

  • msb2ncsu

    Sorry, a bit behind on my video podcasts…

    Thought it was interesting that the guy next to me at work (who has probably consumed 5 bottles of wine in his live) has had the Zenato Ripassa and I have had the Accordini at a local restaurant. The Zenato is responsible for him trying things other than North Carolina varietals (muscadine/scuppernong) and fruit-based wines (like apple-raspberry stuff). He now looks forward to having a new wine with steak or pasta.

  • sam

    I was having my first Ripassa (I quess they re-named it) while watching this show, as a re-run, I guess. It so happened, coincidently, I am drinking the 2006 Zenato from Valpolicella. I very much enjoyed it. Dry yet fruity. Dark cherries, leather, even some cinnamon…tannins and all and all…a good wine rolling at 27 bones here in Quebec. Good stuff…

  • sam

    I was having my first Ripassa (I quess they re-named it) while watching this show, as a re-run, I guess. It so happened, coincidently, I am drinking the 2006 Zenato from Valpolicella. I very much enjoyed it. Dry yet fruity. Dark cherries, leather, even some cinnamon…tannins and all and all…a good wine rolling at 27 bones here in Quebec. Good stuff…

  • Oakmon’s BF

    Iâ??m having my first ripasso as I rewatch this episode. Itâ??s a 2005 Villa Maffei Valpolicella Ripasso. I got some cinnamon on the nose. It bites my tongue on the finish which I really like. It liked it. Itâ??s serious stuff.

  • Oakmon’s BF

    Iâ??m having my first ripasso as I rewatch this episode. Itâ??s a 2005 Villa Maffei Valpolicella Ripasso. I got some cinnamon on the nose. It bites my tongue on the finish which I really like. It liked it. Itâ??s serious stuff.

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    Gary A and W out of a plastic bottle is a no-no. The only good A and W is out of a tap at one of their fast food places. And if you want a damn good root beer, check out Henry Weinhards. That is pretty much the only one I will drink ( besides Virgils ). Good stuff the way rootbeer should be (sasafrass in it and whatnot). QOTD: ( fun fact, actually ) Im a British comedy FREAK. I love love LOVE it. I own many complete sets ( Monty Python, Blackadder, Bottom, etc). Its just a type of humor thats so different from ours and to me is just better. Basically, I find it less predictable than ours (ours being American).

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    Gary A and W out of a plastic bottle is a no-no. The only good A and W is out of a tap at one of their fast food places. And if you want a damn good root beer, check out Henry Weinhards. That is pretty much the only one I will drink ( besides Virgils ). Good stuff the way rootbeer should be (sasafrass in it and whatnot). QOTD: ( fun fact, actually ) Im a British comedy FREAK. I love love LOVE it. I own many complete sets ( Monty Python, Blackadder, Bottom, etc). Its just a type of humor thats so different from ours and to me is just better. Basically, I find it less predictable than ours (ours being American).

  • Chris Lotz

    had the masi camposomething or other valpolicella, good rustyness. rusty and rustic. qotd at the end of teen wolf, when the crowd is cheering in the stands, my friends dad exposed himself on camera in the back ground

  • Chris Lotz

    had the masi camposomething or other valpolicella, good rustyness. rusty and rustic. qotd at the end of teen wolf, when the crowd is cheering in the stands, my friends dad exposed himself on camera in the back ground

  • Steve Everist

    My fun fact is that, if you want to find who owns a website (such as http://www.sniffysniff.com) you can go to register.com and they’ll give you the information.

    I love Amarone, but I’m glad that Ripasso is there for the common man!

  • Steve Everist

    My fun fact is that, if you want to find who owns a website (such as http://www.sniffysniff.com) you can go to register.com and they’ll give you the information.

    I love Amarone, but I’m glad that Ripasso is there for the common man!

  • shellbhawaii

    I know this is a late reply, but Cesari also makes a pretty decent Amarone for $35. It's our “poor man's” way into the next level. I love both Ripassos and Amarones. I didn't know about Cesari's Mara Ripasso. I'll try to find some. Great price.

  • corkscrew

    Have not had these wines.. QOTD-now that it's 2010 not many fun facts going on with the mess we are in (other than wine being cheap).. http://www.winelx.com

  • John__J

    qotd: tons of fun wine varietals/regions out there. Been looking for and when I can actually find them wines from Greece, Switzerland, Slovenia, Hungary, Uruguay, Corsica France, Reunion France etc., and lots of lesser known grapes like Charbono, Chasselas, Mondeuse, Tannat, Valdiguie, Savagnin, Picolit, etc, etc, etc,etc.
    How could wine ever stop being fun or get boring?

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