Top 5 wine and Italian food combos
We all know that feeling of instant recoil when you take a sip from your wine glass and instead of crisp sweet notes, you’re left with an after taste not too different from that of a grapefruit skin… Needless to say, it’s awful and it can ruin entire meals. So whether you enjoy the occasional glass of wine with your meal or are just curious, this blog should give you some ideas for pairing wine with your food. Here are the top 5 wine and Italian food combos;
1. Sea Bass in Salt
To be paired with Prosecco Spumante Brut, Millesimato, Bosco del Merlo, Friuli-Venezia Giulia; a mouthful I know. It’s a vintage Prosecco with a pale, clear colour and gentle persistent bubbles. With flavours of lemon and vanilla, it has an enjoyable finish that cleanses the palate.
Best paired with Chianti Classico Riserva, La Madonnina, Triacca, Tuscany. This full bodied red is a highly rated Riserva Chianti in “Gambero Rosso”, Vini d’Italia. With a deep ruby colour and inky hints, this wine has strong damson flavours with a sweet cherry finish.
3. Scallops in Sambuca sauce
You may be thinking, “but there’s already alcohol in the dish” but trust me when I say you should pair this with a beautiful Rosé. Pinot Nero Spumante in Bianco, Azienda Vanzini, Oltrepo is the perfect one; with light scents of pear and apple blossoms and the fruity sensation of soft black grapes, it makes for a unique sparkling wine.
4. Spaghetti al Cartoccio
This hearty seafood dish is best paired with Vermentino di Sardegna. It’s a white wine that has the strength of chardonnay coupled with a lovely hint of spice. The flavours of pear and exotic fruits in this wine make for a perfect accompaniment to seafood.
5. Rack of Lamb
Lamb is a rich, earthy and succulent meat best paired with Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia (also known as the Super Tuscan), famous for winning many awards at Vin Italy and it’s not hard to see why. With flavours of chocolate, raisins, herbs and a hint of smoke, it perfectly blends with the strength of the lamb on the palate.
There you have it, my top 5 wine and Italian food combos, I hope this has given you some inspiration for your own wine pairings. Be sure to let me know if you try any of the above. Remember folks, experimenting is key; most wineries and grocery stores will include a little blurb next to the price of the wine, give it a read and enjoy the matchmaking yourself!
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