Italian fall food and wine pairings

by Marco Giovanetti

In the old country, food choices are often made based on regional and seasonal factors. Eating following the seasons has been a normal part of life for generations.

For example, the hunting of cinghiale, or wild boars, begins in November, so at this time you will find such dishes as cinghiale alla cacciatora in many sleepy villages of Tuscany.

Fall is certainly my favorite season in the year. During this time, I get to eat delicious specialties that I can only enjoy during this time of the year. These include dishes with truffles, chestnuts for instance.

Italy is famous for its high-quality, savoury wild mushrooms, which are prized and used in a wide variety of dishes throughout the year. Many Italians in diverse regions enjoy the pastime of hunting for wild mushrooms in the fall, either to cook for themselves or to sell.

If you can’t go to Italy anytime soon, these wine and food pairings are the next best thing.

Producer Focus: Rocca Delle Maccie 

Rocca Delle Maccie was created in 1973. It was the dream of famous Italian movie producer Italo Zingarelli. He started by acquiring the “Le Macìe” estate and established a winery in the heart of the Chianti Classico DOC, near the postcard village of Castellina in Chianti in Tuscany.

Today the winery has holdings of more than 500 hectares, subdivided across the company’s six estates: Le Macìe, Sant’Alfonso, Fizzano e le Tavolelle in the Chianti Classico DOC, in addition to the Campomaccione and Casa Maria estates in the Morellino di Scansano Area in the Maremma DOC appellation.

The winery is famous for its Supertuscan Roccato. This is a blend of 50-50 expression of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon which has a reputation among classical Italian wine drinkers in Quebec. It retails in the mid 50$ range and can age wonderfully. However the estate has also affordable and wonderful every day for those cold fall weeknight suppers.

Rocca Delle Maccie Sasyr Toscana. $15.8

A pretty blend of Sangiovese and Syrah grapes from the Tuscan vineyards of Rocca delle Macìe. Enticing aromas of blueberries, cigar box complemented by wild oregano and thyme. Medium to full body with fine and silky tannins.

Rocca Delle Maccie Chianti Reserva. $15.95

Gutsy nose reminiscent of cherry Kirsch with aromas of plum jam and Oriental spices. On the palate, vibrant and assertive, it is quite food friendly with cherry notes and hints of grilled herbs