I think it's fine when individuals have opinions about pairings that are not mainstream. However, when the person expressing their opinion is working in the official capacity supposedly from an informed position, I strongly believe he or she should explain why that opinion is not mainstream and why the mainstream opinion works so well for so many people.I was parroting the presenter.
That also didn't make sense to me because I think of Amarone as being mostly acidic. So, I looked up Wine Folly's thinking about Amarone and they agree. I would much rather drink an Amarone than a Nebbiolo with a tomato-based pasta.The presenter agreed but admitted it was not a fair comparison and suggested the Nebbiolo would go better with a tomato-sauced pasta dish. I think what he really meant was that the Amarone would be wasted with such a food choice.
I fully agree, these are beautiful wines. They can be bought for a reasonable price in the supermarket nearby, why we tend to have a few bottles ready. More from Spain, today...Marques de Riscal is one of my favorite wines and my favorite Rioja (that I can afford). We finished the last bottle of a case of the 1998 Reserva a few years ago and it was splendid. Marques de Riscal winery is a traditional sort of place and has nurtured its vines for over 80 years. One item on my bucket list is a visit.