Tips For Wine Pairing With Italian Food


by Shari Swanson


If you are one who panics when it comes to consider wine pairing with Italian food, relax. It is not as difficult as you may think. Easy to follow hints can make it a cinch. Once you get the basics down, you can experiment and create other combinations that you enjoy.

Shell fish and fish dishes that are considered rich should be served alongside Chardonnay or a Sauvignon Blanc. Something like cheesy ravioli would also taste great next to this type of vino. As would foods topped by a pesto sauce.

Pinot Noir also goes alongside dishes of pasta made using an olive oil based sauce. It would also pair well next to a grilled tuna. Think light flavors when using this vino. Mild red meats, chicken, and light seafood.

Riesling is a perfect drink to have to accompany prosciutto. It also pairs great next to sauteed fish, lobster and trout. This type will pair best alongside a cream sauce. Light sauces will also benefit from Riesling being served.

Remember that these are only basic guidelines. The true test of whether or not the drink and meal go together is your taste buds and the taste buds of your guests. If you love a flavor and enjoy having it together, you should have it.

One final thought about wine pairing with italian food is not to forget that each course may require a different one. You would not necessary serve the same one during each course. For example when having dessert, you would want something sweet, not something robust. Of course if there is something that you enjoy, serve it. You do not have to follow any hard and fast rules. Drink what you like, serve what you like. The choice is yours.




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