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Farfalle and Pesto Paired with Prosecco

Prosecco makes a nice partner for classic basil pestoLooking for a wine pairing for pesto? Sauvignon Blanc is a classic pairing, as I wrote about in my post for #winePW 3 (click through for the recipe as well as wine pairing details), but a number of other wines can work well with it, too. Having made a big batch of pesto last weekend, I’ve had a chance to do some experiment.

One nice option is sparkling wine. Too many people think of sparking wines only for celebrations, when in fact it’s a great wine with many foods. I had picked up a bottle of Ca’Furlan Prosecco Cuvee Extra Dry from Pairings Wine & Food recently, and figured that would be good to try when we had farfalle bowtie pasta tossed with leftover pesto.  The Pairings tasting description for the Prosecco, “Honeysuckle bouquet with a hint of sweetness; fresh and minerally fruit with nice bubbles...” gives you the idea that this could work well with pesto. It cleanses the palate, in similar fashion to the sauv blanc, getting you ready to enjoy the next flavorful bite of the pasta.

Like many Proseccos, this is a nice affordable choice in the bubbly category–it can be had for around $10. Grab a bottle for your next batch of pesto!

During our #winePW chat Saturday, Jeff from foodwineclick and Jen from Vino Travels had a number of good ideas about Italian wines to try with pesto. They were talking still whites, so I’d forgotten to mention that I’d had this Italian bubble just a few days before! I’ll have to pick up on their suggestions next time I make a batch of pesto.

Orzo Salad with a Trebbiano d’Abruzzo

Orzo Salad paired nicely with a Trebbiano for Wine Pairing Weekend 2.

photo courtesy of Vino Travels.

Italian wine tends to be very food-friendly, so it’s great having Jen from Vino Travels: An Italian Wine Blog participating in our Wine Pairing Weekend events.  For the July #winePW event “Refreshing Summer Wine Pairings”, Jen paired orzo salad with the the 2012 I Lauri Lume Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. Sounds like a great match to me! The salad had a variety of veggies along with some tasty Pecorino cheese from Tuscany.  Trebbiano is of the many wonderful Italian white grape varietals. Jen reports that:

“On the nose this trebbiano had lots of citrus and minerality to it with a hint of petroleum. It was dry with some grassy notes on the palate. Throughout it had refreshing acidity creating a nice crisp wine.

Get all the details on Jen’s pairing, including more background on the wine, over in her #winePW 2 post. Keep an eye on all her Italian wine posts on Vino Travels, and check out the other #winePW 2 pairings via this roundup post.

2012 I Lauri Lume Trebbiano d'Abruzzo


Tuscan Beef Stew with Chianti

Tuscan Beef StewI was called upon to make dinner for our wine club this winter when we were focused on wines from Tuscany. After much experimenting, I came up with this slow cooked Tuscan Beef Stew, which featured rosemary, garlic and other tastes of the Tuscan countryside. We had a good time at wine club trying a variety of wines with the stew.

We wound up with enough leftovers to serve the Tuscan Beef Stew for dinner the following night at home, and focused on one particular bottle of wine with it. I chose the 2008 Il Novecento Riserva Chianti to go with it, and got black cherry fruit, nice smooth finish, a good match for the stew. This pairing worked well, but I’m sure one of your favorite Chiantis would do well this stew, too!