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Pairing advice please..Pasta, kale, garlic, cannaloni beans...

Big Fat Moe Oct 27, 2006 03:35 PM

We are having whole wheat pasta with sauteed kale, cannaloni beans, garlic in a vegetable stock. Any pairing ideas?

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    DonnyMac RE: Big Fat Moe Oct 27, 2006 04:58 PM

    Sounds more like ribollita or winter minnestrone than a pasta dish.

    You've got alot of earthy and slightly nutty flavors in there. The unknown factor is whether your vegetable stock is somewhat sweet (usually from carrots etc.) or not. If not, I would go with a light to medium bodied Italian - perhaps a barbera or a Chianti. If it's sweeter, then I would lean toward something less acidic and a bit fuller bodied, perhaps a good Cotes du Rhone or a Nero d'Avola from Sicily.

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      Mr. Cookie RE: Big Fat Moe Oct 27, 2006 07:16 PM

      I'm thinking the whole wheat pasta will create a strong, perhaps even dominant flavor. If so you might want a sturdier Chianti or Montepulciano to pair with it. Nero D'Avola is an excellent possibility, too.

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        Big Fat Moe RE: Big Fat Moe Oct 27, 2006 08:26 PM

        How about Masi Campofiorin?

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          HeelsSoxHound RE: Big Fat Moe Oct 28, 2006 05:06 PM

          i'd agree with nero d'avola... also consider primitivo or negro amaro-- full bodied, fruity, but softer so as not to clash with the earthiness of the pasta and pungence of the garlic. with that in mind, valpolicella might be an option, too.

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            travelxfood RE: Big Fat Moe Oct 29, 2006 01:38 AM

            Sounds like Vino Nobile de Montepulciano to me!
            Initially consider the ingredients you mention, kale and Canelli beans are typical Tuscan products, then follow.

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              sarahbeth RE: Big Fat Moe Oct 30, 2006 11:43 AM

              Believe it or not, I would suggest a creamy dark beer like Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout.

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                Chicago Mike RE: Big Fat Moe Nov 6, 2006 09:10 AM

                Walking away... go with the "garlic wine"... chardonnay.

                1. SauceSupreme RE: Big Fat Moe Nov 6, 2006 10:11 AM

                  Even though it's pasta, sounds like it possesses a lot of portuguese flavors. Why not go with other Iberian peninsula wines, like Rioja?

                  1. ChefJune RE: Big Fat Moe Nov 12, 2006 02:39 PM

                    sounded at once to me like Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. Not one of the"el cheapo" ones, but I've found several with a little heft to them that would be really delicious.

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