Spittoon.biz Bookmark This page

Via Collina Dolcetto de Diano d'Alba 2007

From the rear of the freezer a terracotta dish of ‘pasta sauce’, a frozen block of something indescribable, which, on defrosting, reveals itself as beef and tomato with pancetta cubes.

As the sauce splutters in the pan, the pasta draining in the sink, chopped herbs and grated cheese waiting as a garnish on the side, a thought manifests – “we need a bloody wine!”
A hideous silver label clings to a bottle of Dolcetto; frankly it is so bad it is degrading my wine rack! Inside though a crisp little number that is soon splashed into the sauce and dripped over my brand new tasting note book…

I watch as a dribble escapes down the bottles side, a victim of gravity, and think how that is going to ruin the photograph I am going to take tomorrow.
Hunger entices a chunk of crunchy Parmigiano into a hand; a slurp of the Dolcetto and a moment of pleasure as wine and cheese flavours meld and intermingle.



Red Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Via Collina Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba, 2007, Piedmonte, Italy.
Stockist: Waitrose Price: currently on offer at £5.49 (£1.50 off) [More on Adegga / Snooth]
A joyous vibrancy, a lightness that lifts the brooding, deep flavours of the well-flavoured pasta sauce. Lifts is perhaps the wrong word. The wine counters the deep autumnal flavours of the sauce with a burst of freshness and red berry and cherry flavours. Medium-bodied, simple, fresh flavours, reasonably good length. Alcohol 13.5%.

Scribblings Rating – 86/100 [3.25 out of 5]

Not a wine to linger and ponder over but occassionally a light, fresh, drinkable, immediate wine is all you need – great with the tomato based sauce and also recommended with pork or risotto.
[An entry to Wine Blogging Wednesday #54 A Passion for Piedmonte]

3 Comments »

  1. Douglas says:

    I like this lifting entry. The way you photographed the bottle, the label looks rather beautiful in fact. I shall bring you a bottle of my relative’s Dolcetto d’Ovada next time we meet. Decanter published a dog eating the grapes there in their ‘Top Dogs’ section…

  2. Dylan says:

    What you said strikes an idea in me. Custom wine labels, let the bottle match elegantly with the decor of your house and/or wine rack. I wouldn’t be surprised if this already exists (as logistical of a nightmare it may seem).

  3. David McDuff says:

    Thanks for participating, Andrew. I’ve added your post as an addendum to the WBW wrap-up. You’ll find it at: A Passion for Piedmont — The WBW 54 Recap.

Leave a Comment »




Advert

Recent Posts

1
Apr

Announcing Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers

My three passions, wine, food and photography, combine in a new venture – a Tuscan Wine Tour for Photographers. Its taken the best part of aRead More

13
Apr

Wallingford Bridge and the Boat House Pub

A rather tenuous link to wine photo for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot I’m afraid. Taken this morning, at dawn, a photo of Wallingford bridge asRead More

9
Apr

Gin Lab Experience at COLD

Locating the entrance proved somewhat problematic. We had the address and where in the right road – just a few minutes walk up from Blackfriars –Read More

6
Apr

Tons Duorum Branco

OK, so my last wine reco was a tad over the top. It isn’t really the best wine I’ve had all year (the Mauricio Lorca LiricoRead More

25
Mar

The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine and Chocolate

Perhaps a slightly over-ambitious claim but this info-thang does give some pointers to pairing wine and chocolate. It was drawn up by those lovely people atRead More

23
Mar

Tons de Duorum Vinho Tinto

This has got to be the very best red wine I’ve sampled so far this year. Not sampled actually, more… savoured, relished, enjoyed, consumed… maybe evenRead More

Top

© 2004-2014 Spittoon.biz All Rights Reserved