The Techniques Of Italian Food And Wine Pairing


by Laura Gallagher


The cuisine of Italy is extremely delicious and popular; foodies have ranked this cuisine in their top five favorites for years. The perfect wine can make a good dish great. It's not hard to choose the ideal Italian food and wine pairing. Just follow these simple guidelines to enhance any dish.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect accompaniment to hearty meat dishes. This red, with a high tannin content, pairs well with steaks or meaty pasta sauces. The tannins will mellow when paired with meat, allowing the black cherry undertones to expand into a wonderful fruit flavor.

Cheese and tomato-based pasta dishes are a staple in most restaurants. On their own, they are delicious. But when paired with a glass of Chardonnay, they become a food of the gods. This crisp white can also stand up to sweet onion flavors and garlic. An older, more aged Chardonnay will also enhance the earthiness of mushroom dishes.

Riesling is a hearty, sharp vino. Serve at room temperature with gnocchi, those beautiful little potato dumplings coated in a light sauce. The contrast between the mellow food and the zippy Riesling is fantastic and the flavors will sing.

Spicy sauces on pasta are growing in popularity in the world of Sicilian cuisine. The perfect accompaniment to a zesty meal like this is a Zinfandel. Growing in popularity, Zinfandels are lovely reds that stand up to spicy pasta dishes without overwhelming them. The spiciness of the dish brings out the mellow aroma of the Zinfandel.

italian food and wine pairing is relatively easy, but if choosing the right one seems intimidating, ask the sommalier for advice. Another great resource is a wine shop. Their employees are always happy to suggest pairings. Great wine and food are some of the best things on earth. Buon appetito!




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