In a small saucepan heat the wine over medium heat just until warm. Add raisins. Let stand for 15 to 30 minutes to plump. Drain raisins, reserving wine. Set raisins and wine aside.
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta; rinse with cold water. Drain again.
In a large mixing bowl toss together pasta and raisins.
For dressing, in a screw-top jar combine reserved wine; olive or salad oil; lemon juice; tarragon, basil, or chives; shallots or green onion; mustard; salt; and pepper. Cover and shake well. Pour dressing over pasta mixture. Toss to coat. Cover and chill for 3 to 24 hours.
To serve, add olives and nuts to pasta mixture. Toss to mix. Makes 6 side-dish servings.