Uncork Italy 7: Italian Wine Meets Italian Food

Uncork Italy 7: Italian Wine Meets Italian Food

This Week…

This week we’re celebrating why Italian wine goes best with Italian food as we pair a Solatione selection with Lauren’s favourite ever Italian pasta (watch the video and you’ll see what we mean!). 

Luca, Luca & Lauren trying our wine selection with Amatriciana!


In this week’s video we taste one of Solatione’s wines paired with a classic Italian dish (and Lauren loses her mind with happiness). Here’s what’s in the video:

  • Tasting the wine with an Italian dish!
  • Why 2015 is the most recent Solatione Vintage
  • Chianti Classico with American Food
  • Best foods to pair with Solatione Chianti Classico 2015
  • Full smell analysis
  • How the wine changes after you open it

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Recipe Video Available to Patreon Subscribers

We’re showing our thanks to those who support Uncork Italy on Patreon with some exclusive video “extras” like Luca’s Amatriciana prep. But we also don’t believe in keeping deliciousness from everyone else so we’re still sharing the recipe in written form below so you can enjoy making this pasta from home 🙂

Luca’s Amatriciana Recipe

Recipe for 4 people


  • canned tomato sauce pulp (can of 400g). We used “Mutti” (American shoppers: Check that your canned tomatoes are NOT salted)
  • Chopped Guanciale “bacon” (Substitute: Pancetta)
  • A few dried red chilli peppers
  • Pecorino (sheep’s milk) cheese from Amatrice (Substitute: Any other type of medium-aged Pecorino, not the fresh one). About 150g
  • Large grain salt for salting the pasta water
  • Pasta! About 100g per person. The original recipe usually uses bucatini or rigatoni or mezze Maniche pasta. You want a pasta that holds the sauce and that can capture the little pieces of guanciale inside! 
  • Some white wine for cooking


  1. Pre-cooking Prep
    1. Measure out your pasta (100g per person)
    2. Put your pasta water on to boil, adding a palmful of salt once it is boiling
    3. If not pre-chopped, chop up your guanciale in little bits
    4. Grate pecorino cheese into a bowl and set aside
  2. Fry the chopped up Guanciale in a pan until crispy, adding the red pepper after a few minutes
  3. Pour in a tiny bit of dry white wine until the alcohol evaporates
  4. Remove guanciale from the pan and set aside. Leave all that oil in the pan because you’re about to….
  5. Pour a can of tomato sauce into the oily fat and let it simmer over a low flame.
  6. Simultaneously, cook pasta in the boiling water.
  7. Add a few spoonfuls of the pasta water to the simmering tomato sauce (this helps it adhere together and it will stick better to the pasta later!)
  8. When the pasta is cooked, drain the water and stir the pasta directly into the bowl of grated pecorino cheese! Tip: Keep a little grated cheese aside so you can sprinkle it over the top and make sure the cheese is coating all the pasta.
  9. Stir crispy guanciale back into the tomatoes sauce.
  10. Stir cheese-coated pasta into the tomato sauce.
  11. Serve with a few shreds of pecorino cheese on top. 
  12. Pair with a Solatione wine and Buon appetito!

Wine Word of the Week

Abbinamento – pairing

“L’abbinamento perfetto per il chianti classico è una pasta con sugo di carne!”

The perfect pairing for a chianti Classico is a pasta with meat sauce!

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Next week!

We’re introducing you to our third and final Chianti Classico producer – a young woman who has taken on the family wine business and is going to teach Lauren a little bit about how to do “green pruning.”

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