If you have been following Penniless Pensioner you’ll know he has gone from more or less rags to riches as his Bitcoin investment made him a wealthy man so he is no longer penniless but he insists upon drinking wine under $20 and stocking his wine cellar with wines carrying that price limit so he has a bit of “penniless” about him.
PP is going a bit nuts with his Wild Tuscan Boar Stew. You may recall he learnt how to make this dish at a progressive Roman prison from a well-known Italian chef while he was waiting for extradition to Canada for tax evasion. He is eating this dish and serving it to his friends loading them up with gout! He is also packing some pounds with all that pasta he is serving the stew over. Well I have been invited over for dinner for you know what! He bought an $18.95 Italian Aglianico Del Vulture which I assumed was from the Campanian region but it is from Basilicata.
So we start off with a Negroni and his delicacy comes served over his own home made pasta. We have a special guest Stanley Tucci a well-known actor and host of a popular CNN series “Searching for Italy”. Tucci has been travelling through Italy trying to find its soul in Italian food. He has come to Toronto as PP’s stew is talked about all over Rome. I mean he is such a big name the Italian state television network RAI has booked him on its top culinary show to teach the nation how he makes it. Tucci has brought a very high-end Super Tuscan wine but we will have that with a cheese plate after dinner.
We will have the $18.95 wine with dinner and save the $399.95 wine with our cheese. On the nose it’s a bit brambly and earthy which matches the heavy stew quite well. Black cherry rules the roost but there is a hint of chocolate and espresso. Not complicated but as aroma goes that permeate the room it suits the atmosphere nicely. On the palate its moderately heavy tannins cut into the fatty boar and the acidity of the rich tomato sauce made with San Marzano tomatoes of course. There are notes of blackberry, cassis and Cactus Pear. This wine cuts through and somehow compliments the essence of the dish. Tucci remarks with sincerity this simple wine compliments what is essentially a peasant dish far better than his smooth and elegant super Tuscan. Tucci calls the wine rustic and hearty and listens to PP wax about the low budget wine collection he is building. Actually while low budget PP says Wine Spectator gave this wine a 90 rating.
Tucci’s Super Tuscan goes well with the semi soft Italian cheeses PP has served. This Tucci is a charming fellow and looks forward to watching PP’s RAI show. Although plans are still in the basic stage Tucci and CNN are planning a series relating to Greek cuisine highly ignored in the gourmet world perhaps due to its “complex simplicity”. I mention to Tucci I make some awesome stuffed Greek vegetables and invite him and PP over next fall when local vegetables are in full swing. There is no way I am making Greek stuffed vegetables with winter Mexican produce! Tucci accepts! What a night despite my heated discussion with Tucci that his perfect Martini recipe doesn’t fly with me. Stirred Martini’s! I will bruise the hell out of my vodka by shaking it!
(Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2016, Casa Vinicola D’Angelo, Rioncro in Vulture, Italy, $18.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 97189, 750 mL, 13.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 91/100).