Tuesday, October 15, 2013

'Tis the Season for Nebbiolo and Porcini

I couldn't wait to rush out and grab some the first fresh porcini (cèpes, boletes) in the market. Porcini prices are more reasonable (about $36/pound at our local market) when it is in season. I love best the milder flavor and meaty texture of fresh porcini tossed with pasta, simply sauteed in olive oil with slivers of garlic and shallots and finished with a grating of Parmigiano Reggiano.

The woodsy, earthy flavors of porcini are a natural match for Nebbiolo. The 2009 Brovia Nebbiolo d'Alba is a sweet, ripe vintage that's juicy on the palate. It's fantastic for drinking now. I can't think of a better wine to pair with fresh porcini.

Nebbiolo d'Alba "Valmaggione", Fratelli Brovia 2009 (click to buy)

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