A recipe very much in vogue in the 1980s, pennette alla vodka is a simple and tasty first course that is being quickly rediscovered, made with pasta topped with a sauce prepared with cream and tomato sauce blended with vodka – it makes for a simple but delicious homemade first course. But which wine pairing goes best with it? Here is Sensorial Wine Analyst Luca Maroni’s advice.
Pennette alla Vodka with a Pinot Grigio
Friulano Latisana 2017 Isola Augusta
“Excellent overall sensory value of the Isola Augusta glass, wines endowed with texture and superior balance, which on the nose reveal the excellent technical qualities of the intervening oenological transformation. Straw yellow in color with greenish highlights, the Friulano Latisana has a bouquet of wild flowers, dry flavor with bitter almond aftertaste.
Pennette alla Vodka with a Pinot Bianco
Pinot Bianco Riserva 2015 Russiz Superiore
“A series of whites of rare, excellent compositional density culminating in an apex of absolute intensity that of Russiz Superiore.” The Pinot Bianco Riserva, chosen by Luca Maroni for pairing with pennette alla vodka, has an intense straw-yellow color with gold-green highlights and is characterized by an elegant bouquet of ripe apple and flowers accompanied by a background of bread crust and sweet notes. Enveloping in the mouth, it is full-bodied. The balance between sapidity and softness leads to a very long finish that develops into warm notes.
Pennette alla Vodka with a Verdicchio
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Querciantica 2017 Velenosi
“A glass of splendid naturalistic and sensory value arrives from Velenosi. The characteristic elements of the Marche region are at their most concentrated and clear given the extreme viticultural and oenological value of the production techniques. Thus in all the whites one senses the simultaneous presence of a stainless and integral fruit, and of creamy thickness.” Pure Verdicchio with an intense and complex bouquet, floral and pleasantly fruity, with vegetal notes of aromatic herbs, balanced taste, persistent, full and savory, with typical pleasantly bitter finish.