Do you love a nice Italian pasta dish? From north to south, Italian recipes are always deliciously made of super tasty and fresh ingredients, which are the real secret that allows Italy to be the best cuisine in the world (even if French people may disagree).
The dish we want to discuss about today is here for a reason: it goes really well with wine! But let’s talk about it in detail first, in case you never heard of it or are just curious to know more about its characteristics. Tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms are a first course among the most classic of autumn cuisine.
Simple and quick to make, it is a recipe that basically requires two quality ingredients: egg tagliatelle and fresh porcini mushrooms. With these bases, a clove of garlic, a sprinkling of parsley and some care you get a spectacular result, perfect for Sunday lunch or to make friends happy for dinner.
The classical Italian way to prepare this dish would be to make tagliatelle at home, alternatively the advice is to prefer fresh and excellent quality tagliatelle made from professionals. The right porosity of egg pasta is one of the elements that ensures the success of this dish. In addition, do not underestimate the cleaning of porcini mushrooms, that should be done only with a toothbrush and a soft cloth, without resorting to water.
This pasta is surely delicious as it is, but with the right bottle of wine, it can reach some really incredible levels! Here at Carpineto, we have the perfect suggestions for your Pappardelle experience. The most versatile mushrooms in the kitchen are undoubtedly the porcini, which can be eaten raw, sautéed or grilled. In general, sour wines, of high tannins or bitterness, do not go very well with this type of mushrooms, as they would tend to excessively contrast the taste, thus risking to flatten it. Instead, it is better to opt for soft wines, even white or rosé, as long as they are not excessively structured, able to gently accompany any type of recipe based on porcini mushrooms.
The peculiar taste of the mushroom should never be covered with excessively fruity wines, while a medium structure and a slightly acidic taste will help to balance the mushroom dish creating a good balance of taste. Aromatic dishes will therefore be combined with wines of equal aroma and fragrance, but also a good flavor and freshness can marry very well with a good dish based on porcini mushrooms, creating a delicate contrast with the delicate vein of the fungus.
We would love to introduce you to our fantastic Rosso di Montalcino 2021. Carpineto’s Montalcino estate is one of the highest in the appellation, standing at an altitude of 500 meters (1,600 ft) above sea level. The sedimentary soil has a galestro frame with clay accumulations dating to the Eocene era (15 million years ago). The vineyards are surrounded by thick woods which protect the vineyard from the warm and humid westerly winds that come up from the Maremma and confer the wine flavors of wild berries and Mediterranean herbs. This is a full, velvety wine with good structure, perfect for porcini mushrooms.
Alternatively, you can try our magnificent Chianti Classico DOCG 2020. This wine is produced in the beautiful olive and cypress-studded countryside between Florence and Siena, where the quaint hilltop villages of the Chianti Classico region lay. This wine is also velvety, well-rounded, full bodied and well balanced, but also coming with a clean and flowery perfume with distinctive notes of violets.