Savvy Match: A medium-bodied Chardonnay will complement the brown butter and balance the rich flavors of the tortellini
There are several exciting flavors in this pumpkin tortellini with the subtle, earthy sweetness of the pumpkin and the nutty character of brown butter and sage. With this dish’s savory nature, it’s hard not to choose a richer, riper-styled Sonoma County Chardonnay to complement the brown butter and have enough acid to balance the richness.
To complement the sweeter notes of the pumpkin tortellini and pear, choose a white Rhone, which has the substance and fruit to pair nicely with the dish. A Rhone blend of Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne will be weighty and viscous, with ripe fruit flavors of peach, apricot, and sweet pear. There’s enough fruit sweetness to play well with the sweet/spice of the tortellini, and the weight will play well with the brown butter sauce.