This hearty Italian wine is best when aged for longer periods of time, sometimes even decades, although the typical aging period is one year. Amarone’s big, velvety elegance contains flavours of plum, raspberry, cherries, vanilla, and spice, with a slightly sweet finish. This wine goes well with flavourful Italian foods; try it with braised red meats or beef bourguignon, rich red wine sauces, and wild game. Ripe hard cheese such as Parmaggiano Reggiano makes an ideal accompaniment. Avoid seafood, light meats, and citrus or cream sauces. Perfect for formal dinner parties and heartier meals.