We cooked an interesting Supercook dish called Zorba’s Meatballs. These are a subtle blend of lamb, beef, garlic and spices with a creamy Mozzarella cheese filling served with a tomato and mint sauce.
We served the meatballs with pasta and thought an Italian red would be the answer. We opened a bottle of Collezione di Paolo Chianti 2010 a medium-bodied red from the Sunday Times Wine Club. This Sangiovese had smooth plum flavours, with no sharp edges, but with restrained acidity and an underlying savouriness. We thought it was a good, but not a perfect match.
We tried a bottle of Copa Real 2009 with the leftovers the following day. This medium-bodied Spanish Tempranillo/Garnacha blend also from the Sunday Times Wine Club had red fruit Rioja characteristics and was a better match.