A while back, I got the opportunity to spend a night with Fattoria Betti at Etcetera etcetera restaurant in midtown to celebrate their wine. We had the chance to taste their wines paired with some modern style Italian dishes. Fattoria Betti is owned by Guido and Gherardo Betti, and they are based in a small town in Tuscany. The area they are based in is famous for it’s Chianti Montalbano DOCG! I wanted to talk you through the wine pairing and courses. I received this meal + wine free of charge for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own.
We started off the night with a lovely white wine called “Bianco di Toscana IGT “Certo dè Betti” 2018, and I loved the flavor of it. It was light a bit sweet making it the perfect table wine. Not only did I get to taste a ton of lovely wine, but I also got to see my friends Justin and Lynn!
The first course was arugula salad with avocado, hearts of palm, toasted pine nuts, shaved pecorino with citrus dressing. I am not a huge fan of arugula since it is so bitter, but due to the other ingredients in this salad, it was not as intense as it usually is. This dish was paired with Bianco Di Toscana IGT “Creto De’ Betti,” and it is called this because it was inspired by the word “creto,” which comes from the “creta” which is the Tuscan name for “clay” and these grapes are grown in clay soil. This wine is on the fruitier side really helped balance the bitter flavor of the arugula.
The next course was my favorite of the meal, and that was ricotta and spinach ravioli with butter and sage. Typing those words alone has me so hungry for this wonderful dish. The ravioli was paired with a Chianti Montalbano DOCG ( aka very fancy) wine that Tuscany is known for. This specific type of wine is known for its mineral flavor due to wear it’s grown. I loved how this blend cut right through the fat of the ravioli. The flavor was fresh, medium-bodied and balanced.
The main course was sesame crusted Atlantic salmon with warm green lentils with roasted tomato coulis. This dish was paired with a Rosso Di Toscana IGT “Semel” the name of this wine translated to “one time,” and it was created by an experiment! Since the creators enjoyed this wine so much, they continued to make it. This wine pairing was a bit shocking to me because I usually pair fish with a glass of white wine, so this was an exciting and delicious take on it. It worked out well because the wine is refreshing, has some tannins ( that basically means, make it kind of strong), and a hint of fruit.
The finale was a molten chocolate cake with strawberry sauce, which is a favorite of mine. This was paired with a glass of rosé wine, which I would never think to put together but the fruitiness of the strawberry sauce and the Rose’ Di Toscana IGT “Caprone” paired together beautifully. It worked out well because of the acidity of the wine, paired with the sweetness balanced each other out. I really enjoyed this pairing the most, and I thought it was delicious!
I had such a lovely evening spent with wine, new friends and great food! That’s all a girl can ask for! Thank you to Fattoria Betti and Perle and Perlage for having me! It was the perfect night.