Thursday, February 10, 2011
Italian Wine / Greek Food
4 degrees this morning (-16 c) and that means that last night was also quite chilly. There was a samll Greek salad and a casserole of pastitsio in the oven. Ground beef, ground lamb, cinnamon, oregano, tomatoes, garlic all simmered together and then covered with a yogurt and cheese infused bechamel sauce before going into the oven.
The wine was a 2007 Marchesi di Barolo Barbera Monferato, Maraia. Smelling the wine made me happy. Lots of red fruits and earthy spice, a little vegetable aroma and a medium body just made the wine smell like very early summer. Light and happy on the tongue the berries were sweet yet tart. Good acid and tannin and a long finish. The cinnamon in the pastitsio really picked up this wine. Nothing overly complex here, just solid wine that was the perfect antidote to a cold evening. We added some crusty bread and soon quit caring that it was too cold outside.
$10 and 13.5% alcohol. Outstanding value.