Italian Wine Help Please
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:
We will be sharing the following items:
Warm Lamb's Tongue Vinaigrette
Roasted Beet Tartare
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
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.
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.
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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.
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.