Looking for pairing for risotto Milanese and veal cutlets
I was reading many of the wine-board posts yesterday and was intrigued by many people saying that the best values in under-$20 wines are from Europe. So if someone could suggest some suitable wines in this category that are fairly widely available, I would be most grateful.
Are these two foods to be served together (that is, you're looking for a wine to go with the dish), or separately (you want wine recommendations for the risotto AND for the veal)?
If as a dish, and not knowing if the veal will have a sauce or not, and sticking to the price range, I'd recommend a Langhe Rosso, a Roero Rosso, or a Valpolicella Ripasso.
If serving the risotto on its own, I'd recommend a Roero Arneis if you want a white, or a Valpolicella (not Ripasso) if you want a red.
If serving the veal on its own, we'd need to know more about the preparation, sauce, etc.
I would recommend a red wine from the Piemonte region of Italy, which is not far from Milan. There are many good Barbera or Dolcetto wines from Italy that sell under $20 in the U.S.
Look for Michele Chiarolo Barbera d'Asti, which should retail for under $15 or a Stefano Farina Barbera or Dolcetto in the same price range.
re: Angela Roberta
I'd add a Lugana or a Soave Classico (Pieropan, Pra, Inama, Monte Tondo) for whites--at their best, lovely mixes of fruit, fragrance, and refreshing minerality. Of the reds, a good Vapolicella (non-Ripasso, too), Rosso Conero, or a Frappato from Sicily--something mid-weight.