What Italian wine would you folks suggest pairing with fresh ravioli (spinach/ricotta filling) with brown butter and sage sauce topped by fresh truffles? Thanks in advance. This one one of the items to be prepared during a group cooking class at the villa we are staying at in Florence in October.

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sage/brown butter/truffle - nebbiolo all day.  with ricotta and spinach?  not sure.  ricotta spinach ravioli sometimes has nutmeg, sometimes has lemon zest and this would skew the wine one way or another.  

I've had one of those weird grapes from quinterelli valpociella that was a very good pairing too .It's 65$a btl though

billhike posted:

This one one of the items to be prepared during a group cooking class at the villa we are staying at in Florence in October.

g-man posted:

I've had one of those weird grapes from quinterelli valpociella that was a very good pairing too .It's 65$a btl though

Unless you're thinking he's staying in a "villa" in Florence, MS or Florence, SD, I think the $65 price tag shouldn't be too worrisome.......  

There are 6 couples sharing the villa. $65 doesn't scare me for a wine, but not sure i'd spend it on a valpo. 

A week in a 10,000 square foot home will make me feel like I actually belong on this forum, if only for a short time...

billhike posted:

There are 6 couples sharing the villa. $65 doesn't scare me for a wine, but not sure i'd spend it on a valpo. 

A week in a 10,000 square foot home will make me feel like I actually belong on this forum, if only for a short time...

6 couples sharing a 10K sq ft villa???  What kinda peasant vacation is this???!!!???

Just kidding.  Sounds like it will be an awesome time!

Oh, and my advice is skip the vino and go with Rose champagne for what sounds like a divine dish.......

billhike posted:

There are 6 couples sharing the villa. $65 doesn't scare me for a wine, but not sure i'd spend it on a valpo. 

glad someone knows italian wines =)

This seems too confusing. I think I'm going to ditch the truffles (what's the big deal?) and go with a Cali Merlot. Thanks anyway. Regards, pianoman Jr.

I would not serve a red wine here. 

 

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many Friulian white and white/orange wines — maybe not Ribolla heavy, though

Miani (any), Damijan (particularly the Kaplja), Giacosa Roero Arneis, Paolo Bea Arboreas, either Coenobium are some specific suggestions. 

 

Champagne, white Hermitage, and Austrian Riesling would all be very fine non-Italian options. 

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