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. 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.