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Nov 7, 2008 04:03 PM

Need pairing advice for Saturday night dinner party!!

We are serving a rustic pasta dish tomorrow night with italian sausage, butternut squash, sage , garlic, and red pepper. I am thinking a brunello, but would be interested in other opinions. Thanks!

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  1. Rustic pasta + sausage + garlic = rustic. Brunello = refined. Not the best match.
    Rustic with rustic perhaps? A non-riserva Chianti? A dolcetto? Even a barbera?

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    1. Third the barbera, though I think this dish may be best suited for one with a little age, and a fair amount of oak treatment. But any good barbera will do. The Brunello I'd save for something like a heavy meat. Ric is right. Match the rusticity of the food with the wine.

      Other more rustic Italians you might want to try:
      - Schioppetino from Friuli
      - Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
      - Carignano from Sardegna

      1. I'll fourth everyone's rec for Barbera. First thing I thought of and probably the best choice.

        I'll also throw out there that a sparkling wine, particularly a rose might also work, especially is the sausage is spicy. Also, if the sausage is spicy, an off dry Riesling might work.

        But really, Barbera all the way.

        By the way, some Barbera reccomendations at the slightly higher end (I figured, if you were going to go with a Brunello...)

        La Spinetta (particularly the Gallina -- though '05 and maybe '06 are a little tough for Spinetta's wines -- the '04s are quite good, however)
        Mascarello (esp Codana)

        and I've never had it, but I'm SURE
        Giacomo Conterno

        1. This is only if you still aren't convinced to go with Barbera (and it's okay if you aren't because there a LOTS of wines that will match)...

          Go back to Ric's rec for a more "pedestrian" sangiovese, such as Chianti Colli Senese, or Morellino di Scansano. Or go for a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (mentioned by mengathon) or an Irpinia.

          Save your Brunello for something more entree with sides rather than one-dish.