I’ve never been one for rules, and some would say we recently broke a big one in the wine pairing world. It was so worth it!
The Luce Della Vite ‘09, a Sangiovese-Merlot blend, was the star of our dinner–our 30th anniversary! A big event yes and we wanted a big wine to celebrate with. We’re the antithesis of most folks. We choose the wine and then plan the food around the bottle we want to open.
The Luce was the wine of choice and having just returned from interviewing a master sommelier espousing the reasons why traditional food and wine pairings are passé, we wanted to give his thesis a try. I had heard a lot about the Luce wines as they are produced by the well-respected Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi family and was sure that was the wine I wanted for this celebration.
We scored some beautiful fresh Gulf red snapper and wanted to make it ‘friendly’ to the Super Tuscan Luce. I pan seared the snapper and then pulled together a quick accompaniment of calvestrano olives, sundried tomatoes, thyme and butter.
The fish was wonderful but the wine was the star — as it should be! Would this wine have been even better with a roasted meat–possibly. But, the Gulf snapper with its savory but light sauce was a wonderful backdrop that set the stage for this vino to shine.
Rich, luscious flavors of blackberry and plum with highlights of vanilla leaped from the glass. The merlot gave the wine a luscious softness. This is definitely a wine I would choose again, and it’s one that will be even better with age. The Luce would also be spectacular with my favorite short rib recipe from Les Dames d’Escoffier. Their cookbook Cooking with Les Dames d’Escoffier is wonderful, and btw, a great gift idea.