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Italian Meals with Italian Wine: 4 Best Pairings

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Italy is known for many things, from history and architecture to art and fashion. Furthermore, it has impressive cuisine and wines that will take your breath away.

Various Italian meals will give you a delicious experience, but why not make this experience even more special by pairing it with some fantastic Italian wines. "To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art," this is what French author François de la Rochefoucauld once said.

That is why here we will see the four best pairings you can create by combining Italian food with Italian wines. So let's start right away.

Lasagna Bolognese With Red Wine

Lasagna is one of the most delicious Italian dishes, but why not go a step further and make some lasagna bolognese instead. The regular lasagna recipes have layers of ricotta filling with some mozzarella and sauce. On the other hand, lasagna bolognese usually does not have ricotta, and that is why you can use a meat sauce with layering noodles. Also, some additional cheese with a béchamel sauce will most certainly help create the perfect lasagna bolognese.

As for wine, you can pair this delicious food with Italian red wines from the Barbera grapes since wines with this varietal are most suitable for lasagna dishes. An Italian red wine that would pair perfectly is Ciabot Berton Barbera Bricco San Biagio 2019. The Ciabot Berton Winery is located in La Morra, a small village known for its elegant Barolo wines, and has a strong reputation for making deeply expressive and carefully crafted red wines.

Ciabot Berton Barbera Bricco San Biagio 2019 comes from the Piedmont wine region in Italy, and it is a vibrant red with beautiful senses of red cherries, raspberry aromas, and jammy plums.

Cioppino With White Wine

Although also known as a dish from San Francisco as one of the best American dishes actually, cioppino was created in the late 1800s by immigrants from Italy. They used to fish off Meiggs Wharf, living in San Francisco, but most of them were from Genoa. It is a delicious fish stew that is perfectly combined with wine sauce and fresh tomatoes.

As for wine, even though red is also an option, Italian white wine would be a great choice as well. You can pair your cioppino with Manincor Tannenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2019 since Sauvignon Blanc is considered the best white wine with this dish.

This impressive wine comes from the Trentino-Alto Adige region in Italy. The winery has a long history since Hieronymus Manicor started to build and laid the foundation for the estate back in 1608. Today it is famous for specialising in creating delicious wines, and their Sauvignon grapes have freshness and aromatics, with the fruit being harvested when it reaches full ripeness.  

Risotto With Rosé Wine

Yet another impressive Italian combination, risotto, is a dish from Northern Italian rice with broth that can be derived from vegetables, fish, or meat. Most risotto types have onion, white wine, butter, and of course, Parmigiano-Reggiano.

There are various risotto recipes, but in general, risotto is one of the most popular ways of cooking rice in Italy, and throughout the years, it has become one of the most famous dishes all over the globe.

It is nice to drink some rosé wine with this delicious meal, and you can purchase some Pietradolce Etna Rosato 2020. This wine comes from the famous Sicily wine region in Italy, and it is made out of Nerello Mascalese grapes. The Pietradolce winery is set in the beautiful village of Solicchiata, and it was founded back in 2005. Even though a fairly new winery, they are already known for producing quality wines. From cranberry and raspberry to red berry flavours, this wine has a pure finish of freshness that will pair perfectly with your delicious risotto.

Fettuccine Alfredo With Sparkling Wine

Last but not least, fettuccine alfredo is an Italian pasta dish coming from the Lazio region. It is a fresh fettuccine with Parmesan cheese and butter, and as the cheese melts, it helps the liquids to make a smooth cheese sauce for the pasta. It is named after Alfredo di Lelio who had this dish in his restaurant in Rome from early until mid 20th century.

This delicious Italian dish goes well with Pasqua Prosecco Spumante Brut, an Italian sparkling wine coming from the Veneto wine region, made from Glera grapes. This sparkling wine is a fantastic Prosecco, created by the Pasqua family, who has traded wines since 1925 in Verona. And since this place is known for Romeo and Juliet, this winery decided to create a range of love-inspired wines.

The taste of citrus, pear, and green apple, along with a clear, refreshing finish with vibrancy and energy, is what will make your fettuccine alfredo taste even more amazing.

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