It is now your 7th date with the perfect partner and you want them to know how versatile you are pairing several dishes with only one wine varietal for another small group of both of your friends and maybe a family member or two from each side. So, you decide to prepare a pasta dish with a marinara sauce consisting of a 26 oz can each of tomato puree, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and whole peeled tomatoes, a 6 oz can of tomato paste and one 26 oz can of water. Prior to pouring the tomato concoction together saute a few chopped garlic cloves right in the same sauce pot with two tablespoons of olive oil. Then dump all the cans of tomato “stuff” into the pot plus the can of water and set on the lowest heat setting. Brown up some hamburg to add to the sauce, drain the excess grease and add to the mixture.
Then prepare your meatballs the way you’d like and add them to the mixture. For spices I use a very small amount of sea salt. Then to taste, add black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano. Let simmer for about 3-4 hours, then taste and add more spices, stir and now add basil to the sauce. Let simmer for another 3-4 hours, then spice as needed and simmer 2 more hours. Have the sauce mixture and meatballs with Italian bread or serve over your favorite pasta.
The second dish you prepare is a white pizza (go to the web and Google white pizza for recipes). The third dish will be a chicken cacciatore (here’s a good one from “allrecipes” http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/moms-chicken-cacciatore/detail.aspx).
Now the wine that you’re going to woo everyone with is the Piccini 2009 Chianti that has a nice ruby color with fruit on the nose – red berries mostly. The palate was predominately cherry flavor with a touch of earthiness. Priced at $8.99 it is a very good buy, probably 4 corks.