Wine goes nicely with so many foods, but for some reason pasta stands out for me. Luckily, the members of the Shawangunk Wine Trail feel the same way. Thus, the "Pasta Primo Vino" spring event that has drawn participation of all 11 trail members.
The event, which will from from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the weekend of April 16-17, will offer different pasta dishes at each winery, paired with their own wines. Some of the wineries will be offering new releases to sample and, if you're in the mood, purchase.
Two levels of tickets are available: Wine taster ($23.76), which includes a wine glass, wine tastings and tapas tastings at all 11 wineries; designated drivers ($5.40), which includes pasta tastings but no wine glass or wine tastings. (The odd prices reflect the inclusion of sales tax.) Each ticket is good for one day only. At the door, tickets are $30 each. If you order early, 10% discounts are available. Go here for April 16, and here for April 17 ticket details. (Use discount code newsltrmarch.)
So, what's cooking:
• Adair Vineyards: Southwestern pasta bean salad
• Applewood: Spring pasta salad with fresh vegetables and lemon vinaigrette
• Baldwin Vineyards: Baked rigatoni with ricotta and fresh basil.
• Benmarl Vineyards: Gnocchi in a sage butter sauce
• Brimstone Hill Vineyards: French pasta Provencal
• Brotherhood Winery: Orzo with mushrooms
• Glorie Farm Winery: Sassy peanut pasta
• Palaia Winery: Pasta quattro formaggi with semolina bread
• Stoutridge Vineyards: To be decided.
• Warwick Winery: Pasta and homemade sweet sausage, shaved fennel
• Whitecliff Vineyards: Cacio e Pepe, a cheese and black pepper pasta