A Taste of Toscana

West shore Lake Tahoe

At just around $10 a bottle at Trader Joe’s, this 2013 Casone “Toscana” IGT from the Poggio Al Casone estate in Tuscany is a steal for an easy-drinking red. This producer has multiple tiers of wines, ranging from IGT to DOCG as well as a magnificent estate in the Tuscan countryside. This wine is a great introduction to Sangiovese if that is new to your repertoire – it’s light, approachable, and has just the right amount of fruit on the palate. Pair this wine with a pasta dish, such as fluffy gnocchi in a tomato-cream sauce or a penne a la vodka. This wine is so light that you could even pair it with fish, something like a baccalà (cod in red sauce, serve with angel hair pasta) or an oven-roasted salmon filet with charred cherry tomatoes and lemon. I would not suggest enjoying this wine with a heavy steak or heavy pasta dish as the food might overpower the delicate profile of this wine!

I enjoyed this wine after a long day of skiing and it was the perfect refreshing red to end the day with.

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