There are so many reasons to love this delicious pink wine from the Pasini family at the San Giovanni estate.  It’s truly gorgeous, fresh and alive with a needle-sharp acidity. The wine just swells with fresh strawberry fruit, and a backbone of singing minerality that leaves your mouth feeling like you’ve just sucked on a couple of river rocks.

Yes, this is a good thing.  Especially when food is involved.  And at Bar Ferd’nand, where I discovered this treasure of a wine, food should ALWAYS be involved…

I have always been fascinated with Bar Ferd’nand’s wine selection (hello, Cesanese, Timorasso, Brachetto, Arneis…), but I didn’t know until recently just how delicious their bar snacks could be…

Thick slices of toasted Corson Bread rubbed lavishly with fresh tomatoes and garlic, and then draped with cured pork.  If drinking Pink wine makes you feel like less of man, try drinking it with this.

They also top the same crusty, wood-fire-oven-baked bread with garlicky avocados and fresh white anchovies.  There’s something about the combination of the creamy avocados with these meaty, briny fillets that just sings with a high-acid rose like this one.

The San Giovanni Estate makes its “Il Chiaretto” rose from a blend of Groppello, Marzemino, Barbera and Sangiovese- all indigenous grapes from their area on the shores of Lake Garda in Lombardia.  It is a perfect example of why we should all drink more pink wine.  There is an acidity you’d expect from a white wine, with the backbone and structure of a red.  Just enough skin contact to give it this beautiful blushing color and make it the perfect match for these manly bar snacks.

And while you’re sipping your rose, don’t forget the poached tuna and eggs… nothing shy or sissy about this food, that’s for sure.

About The Author

I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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2 Responses

  1. Harold D. Partain, CTC, CCTP

    Wow! I’m looking for this unmanly pink stuff here in Texas! But I’ll have to come to Seattle to get such beautiful (and manly!) bar snacks. Bar Ferd’nand is reason enough to make a special trip.

    • Joanie Karapetian, Italian Wine Geek

      Bar Ferd’band is absoluetly a reason to book a trip to Seattle! I just love that place… Great wines, fabulous food, and if you’re lucky somebody will be butchering a side of beef behind you at RainShadow Meats. Now that’s manly.


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