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Molinara

Molinara: An Overview Molinara is an Italian red wine grape variety, primarily grown in northeastern Italy. It is mainly used in the production of the Valpolicella and Bardolino blends and is also used in Amarone and Recioto.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Molinara is a red grape variety, producing light- to medium-bodied wines with light tannins and high acidity. It is known for its aromas of rose petals, tart cherries, red berries, and herbs. Its taste profile is characterized by notes of tart cherry and berry fruits, with herbal, earthy, and spicy nuances. It is prone to oxidation.

Fresh Molinara grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Molinara is mainly grown in the Veneto region in northeastern Italy, where it is used in the production of the Valpolicella and Bardolino blends. It is also found in the regions of Lombardy. Molinara is a vigorous and productive variety, with small, round berries and thin skins. In the vineyard, it can be susceptible to powdery mildew, so it is important to practice good canopy management and preventative spraying. The wines are generally pale in colour, high in acidity and prone to oxidation, therefore tend to have a minor role in blends such as Valpolicella and Bardolino. In the Valpolicella blend, Molinara contributes aromas of tart cherry and spice and helps to soften the tannins. In the Bardolino blend, it adds aromas of rose petals and herbs. In Amarone and Recioto, Molinara contributes aromas and flavors of red berries and spice. Molinara pairs well with grilled vegetables, light pasta dishes, risotto, and pizza. It also pairs well with dishes featuring red meats, mushrooms, and cheese.

Foods to pair with Molinara:

Pasta
Pizza
Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Light meat
Fun Fact about Molinara
The name Molinara derives from the Italian word mulino, meaning 'mill', because the bloom on the surface of the berries looks like flour.

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