Let’s Wine About It: Happy Pasta Day!

Happy Pasta Day!

Today we’re celebrating with our favorite red wine pasta recipe, made with Rasta Ranch Vineyard’s Purple Haze. While Purple Haze is labeled as a dry red, it drinks more like a white and is best served cold. This table wine (and its awesome label) is sure to be a hit with any crowd. It can be purchased for $12.50/bottle.

The family-owned and operated Rasta Ranch Vineyards has been attending the Finger Lakes Wine Festival for 25 years. Less than 25 minutes from the Festival grounds, Rasta Ranch Vineyards is located in Hector. They believe “wine should be a fun part of everyday life”- and we agree! To shop their wines and learn more about this farm winery, check out their website:

Red Wine Pasta Recipe:
Makes 2 servings- perfect for date night!

  1. Open a bottle of Rasta Ranch Vineyard’s Purple Haze.

  2. Set aside 1/8 cup of wine.

  3. Combine 6 cups of water and 1/2 bottle of wine in a large pot and bring to a boil.

  4. Once boiling, add 1/2 pound of spaghetti and cook until al dente (about 7 minutes).

  5. Reserve 1/8 cup of cooking liquid and drain the spaghetti. Set aside.

  6. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat. Once fragrant, add 2 cloves of garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  7. Add the reserved wine and cooking liquid to the skillet and bring to a simmer.

  8. Add the pasta and toss to coat with the sauce.

  9. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet and stir until it melts.

  10. Add salt and pepper (to taste), ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese, and 1/4 cup of chopped parsley. Stir to combine.

  11. Serve with a glass of wine and enjoy!

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