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Amarone wine driving force in Italian economy, culture and lifestyle

VERONA, ITALY - A spring-like sun bathed the snow-capped hills surrounding this jewel-box of a city, where the Capulets and the Montagues fueded and Renaissance kings wielded their sovereign swords in wealth and oppulence. More than a hundred producers of this Ruby-red liquid corollary to the Michelangelo marble mined in the majestic hills that comprise the Valpolicella, and a coterie of wine journalists, distributors and afficionadoes, descended upon the Pallaza della Gran Guarda in this most romantic of cities.