Pairing wine with food is an art form. While it may be easy to find perfect matches in a restaurant with the help of a sommelier, what about when you’re at home? Aurore Lagadec, Restaurant & Bar Manager at Sopwell House in St. Albans has shared her top tips for pairing Italian wine with food. Sopwell House is a stunning 18th Century Georgian house located in the city of St. Albans deep within the Hertfordshire countryside.
Best foods to pair with Italian wine:
- Perfect Pairing: Antipasti
Prosecco is best enjoyed as an aperitif to accompany stuzzichini (Italian nibbles) such as cured meats, buffalo mozzarella with cherry tomatoes, black olive tapenade and toasted rosemary foccacia.
- Pinot Grigio
- Perfect Pairing: Spaghetti Carbonara
This white wine is light on the palate with a delicate citrus flavour. The crisp minerality and freshness of Pinot Grigio enables it to cut through the richness of the parmesan and egg in the carbonara sauce.
- Perfect Pairing: Seafood Risotto
Soave is one of the world’s easiest wines to pair with food due to its high natural acidity and low alcohol. Produced in a wine region in Northern Veneto, it works well with fish and seafood, due to the area’s close proximity to the coast.
- Perfect Pairing: Steak Carpaccio
The red fruit and herbaceous flavour of Chianti makes it the perfect partner to dishes that use olive oil or with red meats. Enjoy a glass of Chianti with a steak carpaccio served simply with a rocket salad.
- Perfect Pairing: Roasted Vegetables
This medium-bodied red wine is one of Italy’s most popular grapes. Its robust flavour pairs well with roasted vegetables such as sweet potatoes, parsnips or beetroot.