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September 9, 2022 | Tank Garage Winery

Occhiali da Sole X Pasta with Roasted Tomato Sauce

A plate of pasta with roasted tomato sauce and a bottle and glass of Occhiali da Sole in the background.

One of our favorite things about the harvest season is the sharing of abundance with friends, family and the community. We were gifted a bounty of heirloom tomatoes from a friend's garden this week and we had the perfect recipe in mind to use them: a simple roasted tomato sauce over pasta paired with crisp white wine. 

For this recipe, we look towards our newly released Occhiali da Sole, a skin-contact Trousseau Gris from Fannuchi-Wood Road Vineyard in Russian River Valley. Tap the button below for the recipe, and start cooking!

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Roasted Tomato Sauce

[time: 30 min] serves 4

Ingredients
- 3 pounds ripe tomatoes, cored and halved
- 1 head of garlic, peeled
- 2 shallots, roughly chopped
- 2-3 sprigs of fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried)
- 10 fresh basil leaves, torn or roughly chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
- salt
- pepper
- parmesan, grated
 
Directions
preheat oven to 400°
 
1. Line a baking sheet with foil and drizzle with olive oil. Scatter with peeled garlic cloves and chopped shallots.
2. Place peeled and cored tomatoes cut side down on the baking sheet and drizzle with 1-2 Tbs olive oil. 
3. Roast tomatoes, garlic and shallots in 400° oven for 30 minutes.
4. Add oregano and basil to pan and continue roasting for 10 minutes or until the tomato skins begin to loosen.
5. Allow pan to cool and gently remove tomato skins and herb stems and discard.
6. Add roasted items to a blender and generously season with salt and pepper to taste. Pulse until smooth and strain to remove seeds (optional).
7. Serve over your favorite pasta, top with grated parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Roasted tomatoes, garlic, shallots and herbs on a sheet pan.

Time Posted: Sep 9, 2022 at 8:00 AM Permalink to Occhiali da Sole X Pasta with Roasted Tomato Sauce Permalink
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September 7, 2022 | Tank Garage Winery

What the Heck is Trousseau Gris?

Planted in 1981, this Russian River Valley vineyard is home to the last plantings of Trousseau Gris in the US. Gaining access to Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard's scarce fruit is like finding the holy grail. 

A photo of Trousseau Gris being brought in to the winery.

Just off of the old Wood Road in the town of Fulton is the Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard in Sonoma County. It is dry-farmed and has been hand-tended by the Fanucchi family for the last 29 years.

A photo of Trousseau Gris on the vine.

The Fanucchis have raised the gnarled, head-trained vines from ground level to chest height to provide greater sun exposure and air circulation, enhancing the production of high-quality, old vine fruit. Planted in sandy loam soil and organically farmed, these precious vines exist not only because they are important to the world of viticulture, but because they are essential to the Fanucchi legacy. 

A photo of Peter Fanucchi in the Trousseau Gris block.

Peter's role as a grape grower started in childhood, working alongside his father Arcangelo who had long dreamt of farming grapes and had purchased an old Italian field blend vineyard in the early 1970s. After discovering some existing plantings of Trousseau Gris thriving in their vineyard, they together decided to plant a small block in 1981. But just three years later, before a single harvest, Arcangelo suddenly and tragically passed, leaving a 21-year-old Peter to carry on their shared legacy.

We’re really grateful to be a part of it.

A photo of Peter Fanucchi dropping off bins of Trousseau Gris from his 1969 truck.

Interested? You’re in luck. We harvested the highly coveted Fanucchi Trousseau Gris on September 1st, 2021, some of the first fruit we brought in for last year’s harvest. After spending 1 year in neutral oak barrels, we released what can only be described as the best Trousseau Gris we've ever made. 

A photo of Occhiali da Sole being held at Dr. Wilkinson's Resort in Calistoga, Ca.

Perfect for lounging in the last of the late-summer sun, Occhiali da Sole is a reminder to throw on some rose-colored shades and let all your troubles melt away. The color of a peachy-orange sunset with enticing aromas of rosewater and zesty citrus, this wine draws you in from the moment it hits your glass. On the palate, we get these mouth-watering flavors of lychee, earl grey tea, and a touch of cranberry. The balanced acidity with a slightly textural tannin structure makes this wine an ideal pairing for shellfish, poolside fare, or watching the sun disappear over the horizon.

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Time Posted: Sep 7, 2022 at 1:17 PM Permalink to What the Heck is Trousseau Gris? Permalink
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