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Pasqua Wines, Veneto Italy

Pasqua is a historic winery that produces high quality Veneto and Italian wines and is a major player in the Italian and international wine market.
I was first introduced to Pasqua when Alessandro Pasqua stopped in Michigan about 14 years ago to bring his wine to market. Since then you can find it on my menu. Pasqua is a prominent name in the world of Italian wine, and their offerings from the Veneto region are particularly noteworthy. The Pasqua family established the winery in 1925, initially focusing on wine trade and retail, before becoming a full winery with the acquisition of vineyards in the Verona area. The second generation of the family joined the business in the 1960s, leading to an orientation toward quality and an opening to export. The family's constant quest for excellence is represented by the constitution of Cecilia Beretta in the 1980s, an agricultural estate and research center for vines, grafting techniques, and vineyards. The third generation of the family, Riccardo, Alessandro, Cecilia, and Giovanni, has continued the family legacy and boosted the winery's international market orientation, culminating in the foundation of Pasqua USA LLC in New York in 2009. That's when I met Alessandro and tasted his wines.

One of their signature wines is PassioneSentimento or Passimento for short, is a red wine made using the ancient technique of drying grapes on straw mats before fermentation. This process concentrates the sugars and flavors in the grapes, resulting in a rich, full-bodied wine with notes of dark fruit, spice, and chocolate. The label was created by photographer Giò Martorana as a tribute to the most romantic love story ever, “Romeo & Juliet”. 

Another standout wine from Pasqua that we feature is their Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG, made using the same method as Passimento, but with the addition of a longer aging process. The resulting wine is complex and nuanced, with flavors of dried fruit, leather, and tobacco.

For those who prefer a lighter option, Pasqua's 11 Minute Rosé is a delightful choice. Made from a blend of Corvina, Trebbiano, and Syrah grapes, this wine is aged for just 11 minutes to achieve a delicate pink hue and crisp, refreshing flavors of strawberry and citrus.

Whether you're a seasoned wine connoisseur or just beginning to explore the world of Italian wine, Pasqua's wines from Veneto are definitely worth a try. With their commitment to quality and tradition, Pasqua offers something for every palate and occasion. Be sure to visit their website as they boast a huge portfolio of other fantastic wines.

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