Veneto Out of the Ordinary: Pork Ribs & Sauerkraut with Polenta
My introductory post to our virtual exploration of the Veneto was running long, so I omitted the details of the first full wine and food pairing we tried. Without further adieu, here it is!
The Veneto is more than just Venice. The town of Belluno lies a little further north in the region and you are close to Austria, so the foods pick up an Austrian influence. When I saw that sauerkraut could show up in an Italian recipe, I knew I needed to try it. The recipe also features polenta, so you know you’re still in Italy.
Since I haven’t been to the Veneto in person (yet!), I needed a bit of help. Vino Italiano is a great reference for the wines of Italy, region by region. Slow Wine has some additional information on wineries. The best find for food has been Julia Della Croce‘s book “Veneto“. It has information on the region, the foods, the wines, the traditions, and lots of local recipes. Perfect!
Soave Classico Vigneti di Foscarino 2011 ($27 South Lyndale Liquors)
eye: Clear deep deep yellow, very rich color
nose: Ripe full lemons, perhaps some nuts in there for richness
mouth: Full body but excellent acidity. Lovely wine, will definitely look for more single vineyard Soave Classico!
Tenuta Sant’Antonio Amarone della Valpolicella 2010 ($50 South Lyndale Liquors)
eye: Very dark, barely at the edge of translucent if you use a bright light. Just a bit of warmth of the red at the edge
nose: A little hot. Very dark fruit, figs, raisins but not pruny at all. Rich fruit, a bit of fresh earth
mouth: Ripe dark fruit, lively mouthfeel. Smooth tannins in the finish and pretty strong. Surprisingly nice at the dinner table, and also nice for enjoying on its’ own, preferably by a fire.
I was surprised by how the wines paired with the meal. This single vineyard Soave Classico was rich with a very full mouthfeel. I often think whites pair better with pork and this Soave was very nice. The surprise was the Amarone. Rich and deep, I thought it would be too much for the pork, but it was so nice! It was rich and ripe, but not sweet. Different from other big rich reds, it was still very nice with the meal. Imagine that!
Adapted from a recipe in the book “Veneto” by Julia Della Croce Ingredients Instructions
Pork Country Ribs with Sauerkraut and Grilled Polenta
Serve with either Soave Classico or Amarone della Valpolicella according to your white/red wine preference.
We made sides of grilled polenta and asparagus with hard boiled eggs
Adapted from a recipe in the book “Veneto” by Julia Della Croce