Pasta Pairings: Try these Le Dû’s Wines with Frescobene Artisan Sauces!
When friends and co-Italophiles Lisa & Ann founded Frescobene, they were looking to replicate the delicious and hearty quality food they loved so much in the context of the pace of modern life. Le Dû’s has partnered with Frescobene to pair their scrumptious sauces with outstanding, affordable bottles of Italian wine to make your next family-style meal around the table a huge success!
The Amatriciana has a beautifully delicate balance between umami, spice, and sweetness. You thus want to avoid wines that might knock it out of harmony. The Mauro Molino Dolcetto 2017 is a light yet dark-fruited red from the foothills of Piedmonte that can match the sweet/savory balance of the sauce while also not attempting to match it in terms of power. Serve it with a light chill, this red is both delicious in and of itself, while not taking anything away from the main attraction of the evening.
The Sausage Ragu has an intense layering of umami, and as such you want a wine that is both savory, yet texturally light and refreshing so as not to overwhelm the palate. Harmonizing together with the savory elements of The Sausage Ragu, the Bonavita Rosato Sicilia 2017 brings an herbal complexity as well as a tart blackberry lift, without excessive weight. A perfect pairing for a hearty sauce that won’t weigh you down.
The Vodka sauce is lusciously creamy, and so to pair with this sauce you want a wine that has a similar intensity of richness, while also carrying the structure to cleanse the palate after each sip. The Fenocchio Barbaresco 2014 is beautifully aromatic, with notes of tart strawberry, fresh rose petals, and dark earth. The pleasantly creamy and savory aromas of the sauce are the perfect foundation to enjoy the complexities of the wine, while the wine is still youthful and angular enough to ensure that the sauce never starts to feel cloying. The two pair off like any great marriage, complementing each other’s strengths while covering for each other’s weaknesses.
What better to pair with the classic Sicilian Marinara than a classic Sicilian wine? The freshness of the tomatoes here really demands a wine that mirrors those qualities, such as the Fuedo Montoni Nero d’Avola 2015. Fuedo Montoni sits in the central highlands of Sicily, where the cool breezes keep their wines fresh and energetic. Their Nero d’Avola is at once light and casual in texture, yet layered with complex mineral and tart fruit notes. That contrast of lightness in texture yet complexity in flavor is the perfect simile to the Marinara.