There are many things to appreciate in life, but it’s hard to beat the combination of food and wine. Consider a brief history of wine in Europe where “wine was considered an important part of daily diet.” This was especially true in Italy, where pasta paired with wine incredibly. Speaking of pasta, Vero Meal Kits will be offering fresh pasta by the pound –starting March 6 – so you can cook your favorite recipes at home. In the meantime, here are a few flavor and wine pairing tips that will help you cook an authentic Italian meal.
Aglianico is a red wine made from dark grapes brought to southern Italy by Greek settlers in Ancient Roman times. When pairing, consider hearty dishes like smoked or seared meats with rich flavors. This full-bodied wine can be earthy and rustic when poured properly.
Chianti Classico is a red wine made of mostly the Sangiovese grape grown in the Tuscan hills between Sienna and Florence. Pairing options can include tomato-based sauces, olive oil, and rich meats. This wine is medium-bodied with firm tannins and medium-high to high acidity.
Montepulciano D’Abruzzo is a red wine made from the Montepulciano wine grape in the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy. Try rich dishes along with balsamic or sweet flavors like in vinegars or red bell peppers to pair. Earthy, pepper, and spice notes are included.
Nero d’Avola is a Sicilian red wine with sweet tannins and plum and peppery flavors. Bold and fruit-driven flavors will return a wonderful pairing for a full-bodied wine that’s dry and includes sweet aromas.
Cinque Terre DOC
Cinque Terre DOC is a crisp white wine grown on the hilly slopes of the Ligurian coast of the Italian Riviera. When pairing, consider apple, lemon, or seafood flavors. Known to be light-bodied and crisp, this wine tends to be dry and delicate.
Frascati DOC is the signature white wine of Rome, also known as the golden wine. Lighter pasta dishes and vegetables pair well with this drink which tends to be full-bodied, dry, and savory.
Orvieto DOC is a dry white wine made with a blend of the grechetto and trebbiano grapes from the area around Orvieto in Umbria, just north of Rome. In order to properly pair, utilize more intense, yet delicate, flavors like sage, rosemary, and oregano. This wine is dry with a fruity touch.
Pinot Grigio is a white wine made from small grapes of the same name. The grapes grow in pine cone-shaped clusters and are harvested a little early for a crisper flavor. When pairing, consider light seafood, vegetarian, or chicken dishes. It alternates its own light and crisp design with dry, punchy, acidic, and fruity flavors.
Prosecco is an Italian white sparkling wine made primarily from the Giera grape. Light desserts, mild cheeses, or finger foods pair with this chilled wine. Crisp and aromatic attributes contribute to its intense primary aromas.