A Barolo is Excellent with Pan-Fried T-Bone Steak

We bought a lovely T-Bone steak from our local butcher Bakers of Nailsea. We pan-fried the steak and served it with chips, Parmesan tomatoes and mushrooms, together with parsley butter and Dijon mustard.

 We enjoyed the steak with a bottle of Tesco‘s Finest Barolo 2007.

This powerful Italian red made from the Nebbiolo grape delivered sweet plums on the nose, flavours of sweet vanilla, followed by earthy savouriness, red fruits and subtle spiciness.  An excellent match with the steak.

An Italian Red Blend is Good with Spicy Mince Pasta Bake

2015-02-25 18.02.45We were looking for a recipe online for a midweek meal and found Spicy Mince Pasta Bake from RoosterandHen on the AllRecipes website.

We used Penne and this was baked in the oven with a mixture containing onions, garlic, smoked bacon, minced beef, red chilli, mixed herbs, Cayenne pepper, paprika, tomato purée, white wine, chopped canned tomatoes, mushrooms, Mozzarella, Parmesan and breadcrumbs.

We opened a bottle of Bricco Rosso Suagna Langhe Rosso 2008, a medium-bodied Italian red from the Wine Society.

The wine is a blend of Dolcetto and Nebbiolo and we tasted red fruits, especially cherries, vanilla notes with good tannins and acidity on the finish.  A good match.