Monday, January 18, 2010

Soju pasta sauce wine matching recommendations



Eric Guido of Snooth.com posted an article about Penne ala Vodka, matching it with several Italian wines. Since my Soju pasta sauce recipe is a very close adaptation of this same sauce, I believe his recommendations will match well with my dish as well.

Here are Mr. Guido's recommendations:

1. Feudo di San Nicola Negro Amaro ' 2004.

"Black and bitter" in Italian, not surprisingly Negroamaro has origins in the Southern Italy's Puglia region and is an important grape both on its own and as a blending grape. It contributes a rich, slightly rustic mouthfeel to a finished wine imbued with a slightly burnt, earthy quality that accentuates deep, roasted plum and mocha toned fruit.
I would not consider this the #1 choice for my Penne ala Soju recipe simply because Mr. Guido's version featured pancetta. I think the boldness of this wine might clash a little with my more delicate, vegetarian version.

2. Cataldi Madonna, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2007.

The nose is certainly Montepulciano with big blackberry fruit, ripe cherry, christmas spice and a hint of funk. The palate is soft with red fruits, sour apple and clove which is carried by a brisk acidity to the long and staying finish. It's simple but in a beautiful way.
If this wine can go head-to-head with pancetta, this wine may also be a bit overpowering for my recipe unless you decide to throw in some protein (such as ground beef) into your dish.

3. Andrea Oberto Barbera d'Alba ' 2008.

This wine showed aromas of cherry and new leather on the nose. Leading to a palate full of cranberry, sour cherry, cedar and bitters. A medium bodied and easy drinking Barbera, made in a light style with crisp acidity, which gives it a very refreshing finish. It paired well with the vodka sauce, as its streamlined acidity cut through the rich sauce and left you with a cleansed palate for the next bite.

Out of the three wine varieties recommended by Snooth for pairing with Penne ala Vodka, I believe the Andrea Oberto Barbera d'Alba ' 2008 would be the best match for my Koreanfornian adaptation.

All these wines can be purchased in the USA either in your local wine store or from snooth.com.

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