Stylish, seductive and just plain delicious, our featured wines from Italy not only pair wonderfully with these recipes and cheeses, they elevate them to a whole new level. Read on for wine and food pairing bliss!
The White Wines
A wide range of flavor notes makes a wine “food-friendly” and few wines are more friendly to food than Ruffino Orvieto Classico.
Cheese: Firm, nutty Piave Oro Del Tempo cheese brings out the luscious fruit notes in the wine while balancing its acidity.
Food: Pair it with our sweet, savory and fresh Mango Quinoa Salad opens in a new tab.
Tart kiwi notes balance mellow honeydew in the intriguing, crowd-pleasing Caposaldo Pinto Grigio.
Cheese: When paired with feta, the wine’s fruit is enlivened and a sweet almond note emerges.
Food: It really shines with hams and prosciuttos, pairing wonderfully with our Linguine with Wilted Cabbage and Ham opens in a new tab recipe.
Vivid aromas of ripe pineapple and green apple star in the delicate Banfi Principessa Gavia Gavi.
Cheese: Sharp parmesan notes in gouda-style Robusto cheese turn to caramel flavors, elevating complexity in the wine and the cheese.
Food: It’s a the perfect companion to our sweet, simple and savory Pineapple-Chicken Kabobs with Quinoa opens in a new tab.
The Red Wines
With lavender and cranberry notes the Monrosso Chianti is a beautiful example of the varietal.
Cheese: Unfold the complex flavor layers of Parmigiano Reggiano with this Chianti.
Food: This wine calls for rich, big, flavorful Italian foods like Puttanesca Pasta opens in a new tab.
Rich, deep and rustic, Donnafugata’s Sedára layers sun-dried cranberry, black olive and pepppercorn flavors into a lingering finish.
Cheese: Delicate truffles within Sottocenere al Tartufo cheese highlight lovely plum notes in the wine.
Food: The savory depth of flavor in Smoky Mushroom Gratin opens in a new tab pairs perfectly.
Rich and juicy with blackberry and chocolate-covered cherry notes, Gran Passione Rosso is a perfect date night wine.
Cheese: Look for lovely sweet flavors of white chocalate and cheesecake when pairing this wine with Taleggio from northern Italy.
Food: The satisfyingly long dense finish calls for a robust recipe like Lamb Stew with Spring Vegetables opens in a new tab.
The elegant Verrazzano Rosso starts with fresh fruits and violets then moves to Tuscan herbs and pomegranate.
Cheese: A burst of tart raspberry, herbs and a touch of charcuterie come forward when paired with Pecorino Toscano.
Food: This complex wine calls for an equally complex dish: Sun-Dried Tomato and Salami Couscous Salad opens in a new tab.
Refreshingly crisp and light, Presto Prosecco is vibrant with apple, orange blossom and a touch of honey.
Cheese: Pair Brie with this sparkler to highlight the luscious texture of the cheese and fruitiness of the wine.
Food: A classic brunch bubbly, it calls for slices of toasted seeduction bread spread with fun, yet decadent Brie Pimiento Cheese opens in a new tab.
These Italian wines really come into their own when paired with just the right recipes. What wonderful pairings have you discovered? Tell us in the comments below.