Wine: Bitter just got better

The Amarone wines from north-west Italy benefit from careful production techniques, but also from the passion of the winemakers there who really care about the quality and reputation of their product, writes Tomás Clancy.

18th May, 2013
Sandro Boscaini, head of Masi Agricola: he turned Valpolicella from an area known for sweet red wines into a centre of great red wine-making, in the form of Amarone. Photo: Paul Sherwood

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