As members of Mosby Winery, we receive shipments of wine throughout the year. The wines are of their choosing and many of them are exclusive. If this gets you in the mind of throwing a wine party yourself, you may want to look into denver wine delivery services such as totalbev.com so you are properly equipped. Our November shipment included 3 bottles of Sangiovese wine – 1 each from 2006, 2007, and 2008. We decided to have a dinner party with foods to compliment the rich, Italian flavors of the wine. We served the wines in chronological order and everyone agreed – as did Mosby – that the 2007 vintage was the best.
Olive Tapenade Pinwheels
Thaw a sheet of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry.
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Unroll puff pastry sheet and spread with Olive Tapenade.
Roll from the short edge.
Slice into 1/4-inch pieces and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes until puffed and lightly browned.
1 head Red Leaf Lettuce, chopped
1/4 Red Onion thinly sliced and set in Ice Water for 1/2 hour to crisp
1/4 cup Gorgonzola Cheese
Roasted Pine Nuts
Italian Vinaigrette made with Olive Oil and Red Wine Vinegar
We made a double batch of Giada’s Chicken Cacciatore (Hunters’ Chicken). The only change we made was to add 8 ounces of mushrooms to the sauce. The rich tomato sauce created the perfect flavor-balance for the Sangiovese wine.
Serve with pasta – cooked according to package directions – and toss with 1 Tablespoos each Butter and Olive Oil and a bit of Salt.
Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese and fresh Basil.