Showing posts with label Italian. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Italian. Show all posts

Monday, September 1, 2014

2012 Carpineto Chianti Classico

Making pizzas tonight, so naturally going for some Italian wine.  In my experience Sangiovese and predominately Sangiovese blends (such as Chianti)  pair awesome with pizza.  That being said, some of the Australian Nero D'avola I've had lately are starting to give these a real run for their money.

The nose has a touch of tobacco and roast pepper, but generally very mild and subtle.  Quite soft tannins for a young Chianti, but generally a fairly bland wine.  That being said, it was in no way offensive and drank well with the tomato based pizzas.  Would I buy it again? Probably not.

Price:     $20
Varietal: Sangiovese (90%), Canaiolo (10%)
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   88
Website: http://www.carpineto.com/

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Italian Salsa Verde

Recently discovered this fantastic green sauce at a BBQ.  A friend had put it on roasted potatoes and they were amazing.  After my initial rejection that it was salsa verde, I learn't that it was indeed, only that it was the Italian salsa verde not to be confused with the Mexican sauce. I've used it to top Tilapia and found it to be a perfect accompaniment to white fish.  Pairs great with a glass of marsanne or a pinot gris.

1 bunch parsley  (can substitute some parsley with other herbs such as dill, basil, and mint)
1 clove garlic
2 tbsp capers
3 gherkins
4 anchovy fillets
1 tbsp seedy mustard
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil

Finely chop parsley, garlic, capers, gherkins, and anchovy fillets.

Combine with mustard, vinegar, and oil.