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Jan 22, 2010 08:00 AM

Food pairing with Sangiovese?

I have a dinner party tonight with some girlfriends and I want to make a great impression (since I'm coined the flake of the group haha)...Any recipe ideas for pairing with Sangiovese?? I need to do something easy-ish since I'll be at work all day but I do have a handy, dandy food processor! Also, roasted chicken w/ orzo, brushetta w/ fresh moz, and assorted italian desserts are already on the menu...GRATZI!!!!!! xoxoxo

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  1. California sangivese or Italian? If Italian, what wine exactly?

    If Italian, I'd lean toward grilled steak. If Californian, something lighter and pasta-like.

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    1. re: Brad Ballinger

      Italian sangivese. Thank you for your suggestion!

      1. re: Deidre7

        I'd definitely look to a dish with a bit of acid, say from tomatoes, or maybe even sun-dried tomatoes. Sangiovese loves a bit of acid.



    2. Grilled red meat with rosemary. A simple steak (porterhouse, strip, tenderloin, ribeye) rubbed with EVOO, fresh garlic, cracked pepper, fresh rosemary and a little salt will do wonders.

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      1. re: whiner

        Sounds delicious!!!! I wish i had seen that earlier. I opted for an easy solution: Arugula-walnut pesto with an assortment of cured meats.

        1. re: Deidre7

          You did well.

          How do you make your pesto? Is it better with arugula than with basil, or different, or what?

          1. re: maria lorraine

            Thanks Maria! I def impressed, especially with my presentation hehe...I found the recipe on here and I found that I think I do enjoy traditional pesto better because the arugula-walnut one was quite thick. But I did follow the recipe exact, and perhaps a little more improvision with the oil would havev done the trick!!! Everyone loved it though and it works well as a spread (especially with the meats) or with pasta! I'd surely try it.