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Go-To-Wine Tuesday

Posted on | October 26, 2010 | Written by Kerry-Jo Rizzo | No Comments

It’s autumn, and I’m drawn to rustic harvest treats.  Apple cider, salted caramels, and pumpkin pie are all seasonal staples, but this year I’m obsessively drawn to butternut squash filled homemade pasta—specifically Agnolotti.  Sometimes after working nightly events in the IWM studio, we’re lucky enough to score some leftover pasta from the night’s celebration.  Alberto is our in-house pasta-making Sous-Chef, and his works are always delicate pasta pods of perfection.  I recently took home a large container of butternut squash pasta goodness and have been eating it for every meal for the past week. I’m delighted in this perk.

Knowing that I had a new wine to try, the Sartarelli 2008 Verdicchio Tralivio, I chose to make as its complement butternut squash Agnolotti with sage, butter and amaretto sauce. I decided that would pair the Verdocchio and the Agnolotti, even though the pairing was sure to be unusual and quite possibly a terrible one.  I like to live dangerously, at least in terms of gastronomy.

Luckily, I was wrong, and I thoroughly enjoyed my fall favorite with the luscious Verdicchio from Le Marche. Under $25, the wine was surprising citrusy on the nose, and it showed bright acidity in juxtaposition with a velvety smoothness with notes of apricot and nuts. It was a delicious, very odd mix of flavors and textures, which is the exact reason it was such a great pairing for my pasta. The acid and citrus notes cut right through each bite, refreshing my palate and enhancing the buttery, creaminess of the pasta itself.  I didn’t expect a success, yet I had one, however serendipitously.

Previous Go-to-Wines:

Castello Fageto’s 2008 Rosso Piceno

2008 Girlan Sauvignon  “Indra”


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