Wine pairings for Spaghetti con Pomodoro Secchi
Bianco: Sibilla Falanghina Campi Flegri, Mustilli Falanghina, Terredora DiPaolo Falanghina Irpinia
Rosato: Cantine del Notaio Il Rogito, Fontanavecchia Aglianico del Taburno Rosato, Carbone Rosa
Sun-dried tomatoes are pungent with flavor and sweet-tart with acidity since they have lost much of their water. It is a good idea to match this primary ingredient’s acidity while allowing its vibrant flavors to take center stage. This dish’s bright flavors work best with mid-weight white and rosato wines.
Falanghina from Campania is a good white grape to match against this dish. Not only is it medium in body, but it has only the slightest mouth-coating quality so that doesn’t feel too heavy when mixed with this light pasta. Falanghina has spry acidity to complement the sun-dried tomatoes as well as herbal top notes that blend perfectly with the flat leaf parsley.
Aglianico also hails from Campania as well as Basilicata and Puglia. It is best known in for its feisty, full-flavored reds, but it’s this grape’s rosato versions that will suit this dish nicely. Its pink wines pack the same amount of flavor, but it spares the taster the tannins. Some versions are highly mineral, especially those from Campania, but the sun-dried tomatoes work better with fruitier versions.
p.s. Check out our recipe for Spaghetti con Pomodoro Secchi.
Christy Canterbury, Master of Wine (MW)