Pairing: Two-Cheese Pasta Paired With 2010 Il Grigio da San Felice Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
Food: This dish’s full name is Penne with Tomatoes, Olives and Two Cheeses and first appeared in Bon Appetit magazine back in the late 70’s. It has been a favorite of ours for many, many years. The spiciness of the red hot pepper flakes, the saltiness of the brine-cured olives, and the creamy, out-of-the-ordinary flavor of the Havarti cheese all add up to a tasty and unique pasta-eating experience. And those flavors combine exceptionally well with the more traditional pasta ingredients of basil, garlic and parmesan cheese.
Wine: Chianti Classico is the longest established viticultural region in Chianti and part of the larger wine region called Tuscany. The vineyards of Chianti Classico cover almost all of the land between the cities of Florence and Siena. And Sangiovese is the star of these vineyards. It is an iconic landscape recognizable to most anyone even with little more than a passing knowledge of Italy. This area is the quintessential Italy. This San Felice blend is 80% Sangiovese and 20% other native grapes.
Tasting Notes: A dark, ruby red color. On the nose one gets a fragrant assortment of spices … mace, nutmeg and vanilla. A rich, diverse palette of flavors including sweet earth, chocolate and several layers of fruits … plum, black raspberry, and fig all wrapped in exquisite vanilla. And a warm, lingering finish of chocolate fig … is there such a flavor? Luscious … this is one of the finest Chianti Classicos we have ever tasted! The wine complements the two cheeses, and the olives bring out the sweet earth notes of the wine.
Other Foods That Pair Well with Chianti Classico: Bolognese (Pasta with Meat Sauce), Pizza, Grilled Lamb or Steak, Lasagna
Other Wines That Pair Well with Two-Cheese Pasta: Barbera, Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Rioja
A Source: www.wine.com