Garganega Nights: The ballad of pesto and Soave

Summer time is finally here which means the high temps and beautiful sunny skies are now in vogue. You’ve probably already had the grill fired up for many weeks now, which means there is no shortage of smoked game and roasted vegetables at the dinner table. Occasionally though, the beautiful weather relinquishes to the inevitable summer shower that can really put a damper on the night’s dinner plan. Fear not, leave it to us here at Amanti to provide you with a saleable dining alternative.

So you’re looking for something that can be prepared within the friendly confines of your home and you’re interested in trying a wine that you may not be quite as familiar with, but is sure to deliver a slam dunk….no scratch that, break the backboard. Or if you’re not a sports fan, make you reenact that famous scene from Harry Met Sally. And if you don’t like movies… well then I’ve got nothing. But you get the idea.

You know you’re going to crave a hearty meal to help you weather the storm and sometimes nothing can play that role quite like rich pasta lathered in pesto. Throw in some bruschetta covered in vine-ripened tomatoes, Parmigianino Reggiano and drizzled with balsamic vinegar and…. Voila! Now you’re feeling rather Soave, which is great, because that conveniently happens to be the name of the wine that’s quite the perfect pairing for this dish. Soave is made from the Garganega grape grown on the finest slopes in the Veneto region of Northeastern Italy. The ingredients used in the preparation of pesto (garlic, olive oil, pine nuts, and basil) have a sublime affinity with Soave making it quite the stunning pairing.

Soave Classcio happens to be the finest example of Garganega and fortunately for you, we have one of the most traditional producers of Soave Classico in the world! The 2010 Gini Soave Classico encapsulates all of the qualities one would look for in a well made Soave. The wine is rich and balanced with a freesia and jasmine florality combined with notes of lemon, white peach, and a slight hint of fresh ginger.

2010 Gini Soave Classico   $15.99

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