Rumson Italian Restaurant Owner, Victor Rallo Jr., Debuts First Signature Wine

Victor Rallo Jr., owner of Undici, an Italian restaurant in Rumson , traveled to Italy to hand select a Ripasso Valpolicella as his signature red wine of choice for their award winning wine list.

Online PR News – 25-August-2009 – – Victor Rallo Jr., owner of the Undici Italian restaurant in Rumson has travelled to Italy to add a hand selected signature wine to his award winning wine list. Mr. Rallo has chosen one of Italy’s most chic and prized red wines, a Ripasso Valpolicella.

“Rispasso” means “to pass through a second time, to overhaul.” It implies polishing up, perfecting. When applied to Valpolicella wine, Ripasso signifies that the wine has been refermented in contact with Amarone, the region’s most prestigious red.

“I knew what I was looking for in my first Rallo wine: quality, value, a wine to enhance my food, a wine to please my customers,” Rallo said. He went on to add, “I even knew the specific type of wine, but I had to find the right partner in Italy to make it to my specifications.”

“It has the power of Amarone and the grace of Valpolicella,” according to Mr. Rallo. “It is made from Corvina and Rondinella grapes. These are two important varietals, very local, very Italian. My wine is aged for at least 18 months in large oak casks, also very traditionally Italian.”

To find the right supplier, Victor traveled to the Lessini Hills, just east of the Lake Garda near the fabled city of Verona. He interviewed several wineries. When he met Mara Castellani and her father, Sergio, of the Corte Mary Estate in Marano di Valpolicella, Mr. Rallo knew that he had found the right associates.

“This is an exciting wine. It is concentrated, intense, and flavorful. It will age well, but I like it as it is, young and very lively.”

Rallo Valpolicella Classico Superione Ripasso will be available at Undici in September, as well as at Victor’s other family owned restaurant, Basil Ts in Red Bank. You can enjoy this full, warm, rich, dry red with roasts, cheeses, or pasta dishes.

Soon to follow will be Victor Rallo, Jr’s dry white wine selection and an ultra premium red. We will keep you posted.

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