Pass the pasta

Renato Ratti Barbera d’ Asti

When the monotony of life starts to get to us and we are feeling bored, we like to have a mini celebration.  My husband and I love doing a fun cooking night.  We pick a recipe and make it together, throw on some music and open a wine that suits the occasion.  For this adventure we opted for bolognese.  If you didn’t know (which I didn’t until recently) bolognese is not just ground beef and sauce.  It’s a medley of vegetables, different meats, beef stock, tomatoes and milk.  It’s a feel special kind of sauce that simmers all day, the aromas getting you pumped up to eat.

Barbera is a grape from the Piedmonte region of Italy.  It’s a very versatile and enjoyable with many foods.  This Renato Ratti is fairly acidic and can stand up to a heavy meal.   Its aromas are bright and ripe, its flavor carry some herbal characteristics.  It’s traditional and classic.  Don’t overthink it, just pile on the bolognese and enjoy.

Available through Total Wine

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