Dinner with La Boheme: The Missing Act

A winter meal to eat with De Bortoli’s new wine La Boheme: The Missing Act.

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Braised Beef Ragu with Gemelli [image source: oliviacuisine.com], crowd ink, crowdink, crowdink.com, crowdink.com.au
Braised Beef Ragu with Gemelli [image source: oliviacuisine.com]

CrowdInk had the chance to sit down with a bottle of De Bortoli’s new wine La Boheme: The Missing Act for an hour of tasting and pairing. It’s the perfect pick for a winter meal full of deep, rich flavors. From cheese board all the way through to dessert, here’s our suggestion for the meal of a lifetime, all paired with La Boheme: The Missing Act.

  1. CinnamonAppleCheddar Cheese Board

Apple & Cinnamon Cheeseboard [image source: kraftrecipes.com], crowd ink, crowdink, crowdink.com, crowdink.com.au
Apple & Cinnamon Cheeseboard [image source: kraftrecipes.com]
Nothing says cozy quite like cinnamon and apples. The balsamic and blackcurrant nuances in De Bortoli’s new wine play beautifully with crisp green apples and the soft spice of cinnamon. Add in some delicious sharp cheddar cheese for an elegant board to start your four course meal.

  1. Braised Beef Ragu with Gemelli

Braised Beef Ragu with Gemelli [image source: oliviacuisine.com], crowd ink, crowdink, crowdink.com, crowdink.com.au
Braised Beef Ragu with Gemelli [image source: oliviacuisine.com]
For the main event, La Boheme pairs best with a red meat, served medium-rare. As the richness and acidity of tomatoes plays well with deep reds, pairing this Cabernet Sauvignon with a beef ragu is a fabulous option. Gemelli is a nice departure from typical penne or pappardelle served with beef ragu and has a lovely bite like gnocchi. Let the velvet texture of the gemelli partner up with the plumpness of this wine.

  1. Simple Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette [image source: thegarlicdiaries.com], crowd ink, crowdink, crowdink.com, crowdink.com.au
Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette [image source: thegarlicdiaries.com]
To brighten up the rich flavors of the ragu, try a lemon vinaigrette over kale salad. Note how the subtle hint of rosemary in La Boheme: The Missing Act dances around the simple lemon vinaigrette. The dark green kale will hold up against the heavy flavors of the braised beef while the vinaigrette will cut the richness. There really is no better salad course to partner with this complex red wine.

  1. Chocolate Cherry Galette

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Chocolate Cherry Galette [image source: bakingamoment.com]
A galette sounds fancy, but essentially consists of folding pie crust over various fillings. No cookie-cutter pie crusts or intricate lattice top required. Just lay down a crust, in this case chocolate, put a cherry filling in the middle and fold to close. Top off with slivered almonds and powdered sugar for this beautiful and tasty winter dessert. Watch this Cab transform as the sweetness of the cherries pulls undertones of cherries, plums, and even liquorice out of this incredibly diverse bottle.


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De Bortoli Wines is a fourth generation family wine company established in 1928, and today is under the custodianship of the third generation. Theirs is a story of a hardworking and innovative family who considers good wine, good food and good friends to be among the true pleasures in life. De Bortoli Wines is today known for its premium wine, firstly through iconic dessert wine Noble One and then via the success of the cool climate wines produced at the family’s Yarra Valley Estate. A move towards sustainable vineyard practices, minimal interference in the winery and an increasing fascination with single vineyard wines show innovation playing as important a part as tradition in the family business. Italian family values for sure, but Australian family values too. For further information: www.debortoli.com.au