Penne with Fresh Tuna … and Soave

Pairing:  Penne with Fresh Tuna, Herbs and Tomatoes paired with 2013 Le Battistelle Roccolo del Durlo Soave Classico 

Food:  A favorite pasta dish that we have enjoyed many times over the years. Our simple technique is adapted from a recipe in the marvelous cookbook, Diary of a Tuscan Chef. In a few Tbsp of olive oil, sauté some finely chopped garlic and 2-3 Tbs of fresh oregano until slightly browned. Add about 1/2 lb of 1/2 inch cubes of fresh tuna and cook until lightly golden brown, but still slightly pink on the inside. Splash in some of the Soave Classico and scrape up the bits from the bottom of the pan. Add a small box of cherry tomatoes, halved, and cook until softened and some of the juices have melted into the pan. Season with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Mix everything into some already cooked penne, drizzle with a little more olive oil, and stir in 3 Tbsp of chopped fresh parsley. Check for seasoning and serve with a green salad. Great as leftovers, too!


Wine:  Soave Classico is a white wine that comes from the Verona province of northeastern Italy in the beautiful hill country quite far west of Venice. Soave Classico is a region just outside of the town of Soave. The wine in this region is distinguished by the fact that it is made with 100% Garganega grapes, an ancient grape that has been grown in this area since Roman times. It is regarded as one of the finest white wine grapes in all of Italy. Other Soave wine is usually made from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Trebbiano, and Garganega grapes. Consider, too, that this wine from the Le Battistelle vineyard is very reasonably priced at about $15.


Tasting: Pale gold in color. The nose of this wine reminds one of the smells encountered on a walk through freshly mowed green grass while munching on a Granny Smith apple. Green apple also pervades the palate along with some honeydew melon. A perfect complement to this pasta dish, but one could thoroughly enjoy this wine all by itself. A delight!

Other Wines That Pair Well with This Food:  Pinot Grigio, Un-oaked Chardonnay, Italian Chardonnay, Verdicchio

Other Foods That Pair Well with This Wine: Chicken Salad, Shrimp, White Fish, Pasta in a Light Cream and Seafood Sauce

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