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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.