Weekly Wine Notes From Brian Kemmerle
Bentley’s Wine Steward, Brian Kemmerle regularly offers his insight and experience to help select the perfect wine to accompany Chef Derek Ridgway’s dishes. Here is Brian’s recommended food and wine pairing for this week!
This week’s favorite pairing comes again from the Small Plates portion of our menu specials. The dish; two cannelloni filled with chicken, spinach and ricotta, topped with house made marinara sauce and fontina cheese and baked in our pizza oven at 550 degrees. The pairing; despite the chicken, spinach, ricotta and fontina, all white wine oriented, it is the marinara sauce that carries this dish so that is what we will be matching.
Tomato sauces like red wines with fairly high acids, good fruit flavors and subtle tannins. I decided to go vaguely regional with the pairing. The 2008 Tre Nova Sangiovese. Sangiovese is the main grape found in the regional Chianti wines of Italy however these grapes were grown on the Washington side of the Columbia Valley. The grapes were then trucked to Carlton, Oregon and made into wine by the one and only Gino Cuneo, formerly of Cuneo Wine Cellars. Gino has a passion for Italian grapes and this wine is a rare and successful homage to its home country. Cheers!