Every week or so in ‘What to B When You BYOB’ we ask a local wine store to recommend a wine under $20 to pair with the food at a nearby BYOB restaurant.
This week, we ask Gabrio Tosti di Valminuta of De-Vino wine boutique (30 Clinton Street) to recommend a few bottles to pair with some of the dishes on the menu at Cube 63 (63 Clinton Street). We love sushi with champagne and thought that prosecco would be a no-brainer, but Gabrio surprised us with an aromatic white and two reds.
Sirch Ribolla Gialla 2007, Friuli Venezia Giulia ($18)
“It’s aged in stainless steel tanks so it has good acidity with a bit of funk, peach, spice and earth. But it has no wood so it’s crisp and simple.” Garbio suggests pairing it with some of the lighter sashimi.
Domenico Armani IO Pinot Nero 2006, Trentino Alto Adige ($15)
“[Cube 63] has quite a few eclectic rolls with a lot of spice and red goes well with that. This is a very light pinot noir, made in all stainless steel so it has good fruit but is well balanced.”
Rainoldi Nebbiolo Terrazze di Retiche di Sondrio 2006, Lombardia ($16)
“[This region is] in the Alps so the vineyards are at a high altitude, which makes a bright wine, that is complex with a lot of mineral.” Gabrio says it may not stand up to an oilier fish like mackerel – you can go for an even bigger red there, such as a syrah – but is perfect for a white fish.
Italian wine with Japanese food… who’d’ve thunk it?