The UPS man delivered a California Wine Club shipment the other day. In the newsletter they featured a recipe from Rotta Winery which was the selection of the month. It was an awesome Baked Ziti! I will share the recipe with you at the end of the post.

Since the wine selection that accompanied this recipe was a Rotta 2005 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon we decided to open it. With no expectations both Paul and I were WOWED! What serious ripe black cherry that grabs you. Incredible! The nose not only had black cherry but hints of cinnamon too. This wine was smooth with excellent balance. A drink now wine. It went very well with their Baked Ziti.

Here’s the recipe for their Baked Ziti

1 lb dry ziti

6 ½ cups of pasta sauce

6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced

1 ½ cups sour cream

6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded

2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese

1 onion chopped


  • Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add Ziti and cook to aldente
  • In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Drain. Add pasta sauce and simmer 15 minutes
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: ½ ziti, provolone cheese, sour cream, ½ sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated parmesan cheese
  • Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes.