Don’t Pass up Ripasso

Ripasso, which literally means “repassed,” is an Italian style of winemaking. Typically, wines from the Valpolicella region in Italy are very simple and fruity, much like Beaujolais. But the ripasso process gives unremarkable wines more richness and body. With this technique, leftover grape skins and seeds are added to the batch of Valpolicella wines for a period of extended fermentation. The additional food source for the remaining fermenting yeasts helps boost the alcohol level and body of the wines while also leaching additional tannins and compounds that contribute to a wine’s complexity, flavor and color. Not to mention, a lot high alcohol content. Ripasso can have an alcohol level of 15% to crossing even the 17% mark! A wine like that is one that you don’t want to pass up.