A humble dish of the culinary tradition of Italy’s culinary tradition, loved by all Italians, pasta e fagioli is a recipe that warms the soul with the scents and flavors of home, authentic comfort food to be consumed in good company, on a cold night. But which wines pair well with it? Here are the recommendations of Sensorial Wine Analyst Luca Maroni.
Pasta e Fagioli and a Spumanti
Trento Doc Brut Cesarini Sforza Spumanti
“Cesarini Sforza Spumanti creates a glass of Trentino sparkling wine that is at the top of its category. Wines not only made from dense and mellow grapes, wines with a majestic acid-soft balance of taste and purest executive enology.” Made from only Chardonnay grapes grown in the dedicated vineyards of Trentino, the Trento Doc Brut is a harmonious and elegant Metodo Classico and is the first wine selected by the analyst for a perfect and balanced pairing with pasta e fagioli. In the glass it is a bright golden color with a fine perlage. On the nose it expresses an intense bouquet of citrus and white flowers with sweet hints of cotton candy and brioche. On the palate this wine is exuberant and creamy with complex structure and a lingering finish.
Pasta e Fagioli and an Incrocio Manzoni
Manzoni Bianco Marca Trevigiana 2017 Nardin Walter
“Only wines of diffusely absolute excellence come from Nardin Walter, oenological hands of absolute sharpness and respectfulness that highlight the cleanliness and residual oxidative fragrance intact of the varietals enjoyed from the different compositional grapes. Splendid Manzoni Bianco Marca Trevigiana 2017, is certainly not only for clarity and turgidity the best of the type tested this year.” Bright straw yellow in color, it has a fruity bouquet with slight aromatic notes of exotic fruit and ripe apricot. This second wine chosen by Luca Maroni for pairing with pasta e fagioli presents a dry and savory flavor that is full-bodied with fresh fruity and vegetal hints with peach and sage in evidence.
Pasta e Fagioli and a Grignolino
Lanfora Grignolino d’Asti 2016 Montalbera
“It is, as always, executive oenological sharpness combined with excellence in viticulture that is the origin of the admirable fragrance of this bottle of Montalbera – Terra del Ruché. A stainless sharpness of aroma that always enhances the varietal scent of the grapes themselves and hence of the wines. Among the best wines of this type is the Lanfora Grignolino d’Asti 2016: as soft and round as it is creamy because of its admirable extract, it is a wine devoid of oenological processing vices.”