By Marco Giovanetti
It’s that time of year when the days get shorter and the nights are cooler. Can I say that fall is just around the corner?
It’s also the season when we slowly change from cooking outdoors on the BBQ back into the cozy kitchen. It’s perfect timing to make minestrone, roasted chicken, or braised meat.
Italy makes some of the friendliest food wines in the world in hundreds of different styles so naturally the Italian wine section of your local SAQ is a great place to look for wines that fit this bill perfectly.
Here are some great recommendations to get you started for the transition to fall wine drinking
Pasqua Lapaccio Retro Salento 2017. SAQ: 14027095, $17.40
Heady with aromas of licorice, brandied cherries in chocolate with hints of anise and cocoa. Rich yet velvety, almost creamy with plush tannins. Pairing well with lasagna or eggplant parmigiana.
Bolla Le Origini Amarone Della Valpolicella 2012. SAQ # 13678419, $51.75
Powerful nose bringing to mind black fruits, tobacco leaves, smoke, with herbs and cedar. Fruit forward with great layers of depth in the finale and with velvety tannins. Powerfull, but not unbalanced. A great Amarone to have with a hunk of Parmigiano
Punset Barbaresco 2012. SAQ # 11815619. $61.75
Dried sour cherries with dried mushrooms complemented by tobacco pipe and roasted herbs. Very fine in the mouth with a precise structure and subdued tannins. Very long finale. Pairing well with ravioli with porcini and cream.