What To Know About Wine Pairing With Italian Food


by Laura Gallagher


Eating Italian food is great and makes for a great evening out. The problem in this case is choosing what to order with your wines of choice in mind. A lot of the time, the waiters and waitresses will advise which label to order, depending on the dish that is being prepared. But if you are accompanied by a party and they choose to order a bottle for the table, it might be wise to know which food to go for. Wine pairing with Italian food is easy.

When it comes to local wines, Chianti is usually top of the list. This is a common choice among enthusiasts and should this be chosen, it is important to know that it goes well when had alongside most tomato-based dishes. One good example is spaghetti and tomato sauce. Alternatively, you could always go for a cheese-based option.

Something else to enjoy is always Barolo. This is commonly recognized as one of the strongest wines in the region. In order for it not to take away the taste and enjoyment of the dish, it might be a good idea to go for a strong, meaty dish. Think about going for penne and Bolognese.

Straying away from locality, some of the more globally popular options include Chardonnay, which is always going to be a likely choice. If it is, think about going for a ravioli-based dish, perhaps accompanied by a cheesy sauce or mushrooms. This way you can enjoy the taste of both, and show the other party members that you know your stuff.

Riesling is a very popular label that you will notice being passed around enthusiast's circles. If you decide to go for one of these classic wines, make sure you order gnocchi dish to accompany it. This is sure to leave you wholly pleased.

In case you feel like something boasting a wide variety of different tastes, go for the Pinot Noir. This is a classy wine which should be taken as the highlight of the evening. For this reason, it might be wise to settle with a plain but tasty pasta and olive oil dish. wine pairing with italian food doesn't need to be hard.




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