It’s official. Our new menu has been released which features 15 new menu items to choose from. We know what you’re thinking. “These are all delicious, but which wine goes best with my new favorite dish?” Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are the top 3 pairings for our new menu (don’t fret, we didn’t forget dessert):
1. Starter: Ricotta & Ciabatta
Red wine: If you are really feeling red, you need to be careful not to overpower a young cheese with heavy tannins (what causes the dry puckering sensation in your mouth when you drink red wine). Remember the Ricotta is very young…we make it in house. That is why 19 Crimes is a good choice. This is a light-to-medium bodied, fruit forward, red blend of Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Fun Fact: 19 Crimes is so named because in the 1700’s there were 19 crimes a criminal could commit that would get them shipped from England to the then-penal colony of Australia. The man pictured on the label was an actual criminal that was deported, and on each cork they print one of the 19 crimes.
2. Pasta: Linguine Carbonara
Red wine: Let’s introduce the cream in our Carbonara to our old friend tannin in the form of the Rocco Chianti. Ah they get along splendidly. The cream works to mellow out the tannin and vice versa.
Fun Fact: Chianti Classico is named for where it is grown: Classico is one of the seven sub regions within Chianti. Chianti Classicos must be at least 80% Sangiovese and aged for 10 months.
3. Dessert: Cookie Butter Blondie (our personal favorite)
White wine: We highly recommend the Conundrum with the Cookie Butter Blondie. When pairing desserts with wine it is easy to overwhelm the taste buds with too much sweetness. This white blend has just a touch of sweet that is well balanced with an acidity. The acidity of the wine will pair well with both the mix of sweet and salty that you get from this dessert.
Fun Fact: Conundrum is so named because each year the winemaker uses a different blend of varietals (varietal=fancy name for type of grape). The winemaker never reveals the exact mix used, and each year wine gurus try to guess what is in it.
Let us know what your favorite wine pairings are. Get creative, step out of your comfort zone and most of all…take life one sip at a time.