Light, red, and fruity, Valpolicella is made in the Veneto region of Italy from the Corvina grape. It’s light in tannins and full of sour cherry flavors, and would be perfect for a Sunday dinner (if the meal is al fresco, all the better). (Wines that say “Classico” on the label are the light, fruity style. “Ripasso” means that the grapes have been dried, giving a more intense, heavier wine.)
Producers to look for: Villa Maffei; Sartori; Allegrini.
Food pairings: Bruschetta; beef stew; tomato-based pasta dishes.