"Wine down Wednesday @ town"
Northern Italy - wine expert Mark Lloyd
Since we loved the Italian wines from last week, we decided to stay in Italy - Northern Italy to be exact, way north of Venice - in Veneto.
Here is the line up of wines and food pairings:
Vignalta "Sirio", Dry Muscat
MA'O farms vegetables, bagna cauda
grilled walu, preserved lemon butter
hawaiian wild boar sausage, smashed ena potato
Vignalta "Venda", Merlot/Cab Franc
kulana beef tenderloin, alii oyster mushroom
I felt that all of these wines were wines that were meant for food. They did not have much character and flavor on their own, but with food - magnificent. I liked the Valpolicella the best with the wild boar sausage...fruit forward, black berries and butter. So with the wild boar sausage & Italian spices, it rounded the wine off to a full balanced feel and taste in your mouth. Yummy!
After all of these wine tastings on Wednesdays, since August, I am finally understanding what and how wine & food compliment each other and also when they don't.