From the Bar

This red pairs well with gnocchi, autumn leaves

(Craig Neubecker)

While some bemoan the transition to fall, Teresa Hava embraces change. “It’s time to dust off the reds,” declares the general manager at Medfield’s newly minted Nosh & Grog Provisions, formerly Zebra’s Bistro & Wine Bar. It’s easy to see why a 2013 Foxglove Zinfandel from Paso Robles ($12 a glass, $48 a bottle) is a favorite. Hailing from California’s Central Coast, the pour has a full body balanced by bright berry flavors. “It doesn’t get bogged down with dark fruit,” she says, but offers a “round, luscious finish” that zin lovers crave. The red pairs deliciously with American Bolo, chef Joshua Bottini’s dish of pillowy gnocchi sauced with a hearty Bolognese featuring ground pork, beef, and veal. Served in a petite cast-iron pan, the saucy nubbins of potato pasta arrive in style, topped with melted burrata. This terrific pairing reminds us that change is good.

Nosh & Grog Provisions, 21 North St., Medfield, 508-359-4100,


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