Gnocchi Test: Vermentino vs. Garnacha

Ah yes, those candles definitely make this frozen Trader Joe’s gnocchi (enhanced with peas and chicken sausage) look far more romantic! I tested this easy-peasy dinner with two wine pairings: Italian Vermentino: A crisp, citrusy and herb-driven white wine, which I’ve reviewed here. Spanish Garnacha: A bright red wine with a good level of acidity and rich red fruit flavors (think: cranberry, strawberry, apple, and some pepper). This one can be found here. This is one of those types of foods that’s hard to mess up with wine. Generally, high cheesiness levels will balance out any tannins or acidity in … Continue reading Gnocchi Test: Vermentino vs. Garnacha

New Italian Wines to Try

I’m currently taking an Italian Wine Specialist course and one of the most exciting parts is learning about brand new wines I’ve never heard of or tried before! Recently, I bought 3 bottles after class and tested all of them with a dinner of roast chicken, creamy risotto, and salad. They’re all from the north eastern side of Italy. Soave Classico DOC: A light, crisp white wine, Soave has great minerality for herbs on roast chicken. In fact, the wine got a boost of flavor when paired with the chicken. Valtellina Superiore DOCG: Coming from a high altitude region, the … Continue reading New Italian Wines to Try