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Italian Wine Help Please

misnatalie Dec 30, 2008 07:07 PM

I'm going to Babbo for dinner and they have an amazing Italian wine list. Unfortunately I'm totally unfamiliar with Italian wine. I love light sweet white wine such as Icewines, Gewürztraminers, late harvest wines and Rieslings.

Any suggestions on varietal and region

This is the wine list:

Thank You

  1. misnatalie Dec 31, 2008 09:03 AM

    We will be sharing the following items:
    Warm Lamb's Tongue Vinaigrette
    Roasted Beet Tartare
    Warm Tripe
    Grilled Octopus with "Borlotti Marinati"

    Goose Liver Ravioli
    Beef Cheek Ravioli
    Gnocchi with Braised Oxtail

    2 of the three:
    (Fennel Dusted Sweetbreads)

    price no more than $140 a bottle
    Grilled Pork Chop

    2 Replies
    1. re: misnatalie
      mengathon Dec 31, 2008 11:08 PM

      Options generally ranging from light to fuller bodied, taking into account value. A few bottles here or there may go over your price of $140 slightly.

      First course: I'd go with a relatively full-bodied white. The Diebolt champagne is in there just because it's a fantastic wine.

      Champagne Diebolt-Vallois Blanc de Blancs 2002 $105
      Champagne Alfred Gratien 'Millesime' 1997 $160
      Bastianich 'Tocai Plus' 2005/03 $95 - Friuli

      Pasta: A medium-full red, with high acidity and relatively low tannins, though my first suggestion is actually a white. The pumpkin lune sort of screws with things because it is noticeably sweet.

      Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2001 $110 - Abruzzo
      Calasetta Carignano del Sulcis 'Piedefranco' 2005 $40 - Sardegna
      Bressan Pinot Nero 2001 $70 - Friuli

      Secondi: Red wine with good tannins. A Tuscan is especially good for the rabbit. Given that Babbo has the largest selections in Piedmont and Tuscany, there are quite a few, um, relative bargains.

      Ceretto Barbaresco 'Bernardot' 1999 $145 - Piemonte
      Capezzana Carmignano 2004 $60 - Toscana
      Roagna Barbaresco 'Paje' 1999 $115 - Piemonte
      Domenico Clerico Barolo 'Pajana' 2000 $175 - Piemonte
      Montecalvi 1999 $110 - Toscana
      Tenuta Sette Ponte 'Crognolo' 2005 $70 - Toscana

      Happy new year! Please report back. I'm curious to see how the pairings go.

      1. re: misnatalie
        whiner Jan 1, 2009 03:20 AM

        White: Dettori Bianco

        Red: Any of the Barolos I suggested but NOT the La Spinetta. And maybe not the Burlotto.

      2. w
        whiner Dec 31, 2008 05:50 AM

        As other posters have said, price range and what you are eating is so important. At a quick glance, here are the wines on that lst that stood out to me (price taken into account):

        1996 Pol Roger Cuvee Winston Churchill
        2003 Valentini Trebbiano d'Abruzzo
        2006 Dettori Bianco (@ $65 this is an AWESOME wine)
        1999 La Spinetta Barbarescos
        1999 Moccagata Barbaresco Bric Balin
        1997 Burlotto Barolo Cannubi
        2000 Cavallotto Barolo Riserva
        1998 Giacosa Baolo Falleto
        1998 Scarzello Barolo
        2000 Scarzelo Barolo Merenda
        2004 Tua Rita Giusto di Notri
        2001 Begali Amarone Monte Ca' Bianca (*steal*)

        Chances are I would order from that list... at least as it pertains to wines I've had.

        1. m
          mengathon Dec 30, 2008 10:13 PM

          Help us help you by telling us your wine preferences and what dishes you're likely to order.

          Help them help you by telling them the same thing.

          While the wines you mentioned are sweet or off-dry, I would not describe any of them as light. With your meal, your best bets are those from the Aosta, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and the Trentino-Alto Adige regions, where there is a heavy influence of Austrian, Swiss, and German grapes and wines.

          My favorites:
          Grosjean Frères Petite Arvine 'Rovetta'
          Bastianich 'Tocai Plus'
          Elena Walch Gewürztraminer 'Kastelaz'

          Haven't had the muller-thurgaus, but sounds like something that should appeal to you.

          1 Reply
          1. re: mengathon
            misnatalie Dec 31, 2008 01:55 PM

            Thank you looks like some wonderful options

          2. z
            zin1953 Dec 30, 2008 07:43 PM

            They DO have an amazing wine list, it's true. But doesn't which WINE you (will) order depend upon what FOOD you (will) order???

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