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How to Pair Wine with Italian Food

April 11th, 2016 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “How to Pair Wine with Italian Food”

There’s perhaps no better addition to an Italian meal than a nice glass of wine. Pairing a meal with wine is primarily to give the meal balance, harmony and a completeness you would not otherwise achieve. There is an art to pairing wine with food, however we will give you some foolproof tips that can help you match your wine and impress your friends.

There are three things that must be taken into account when choosing your wine pairing:

  1. Body: This is referring to the feel and intensity of a food or beverage. The weight of food should be consistent with the body of the wine. This is referring to the longstanding rule “red meat, red wine – white meat, white wine”.
  2. Acidity: Acidity refers to the tartness of a food or beverage. The acidity levels between the wine and food should also be consistent. For example, Chicken Picatta should be paired with a high-acid white wine such as Chianti.
  3. Flavor Complexity: Your body understands flavor through a combination of the tongue and olfactory senses that are gathered through the nose. The combined taste and aroma of a food or wine make up the flavor complexity. The flavors of food and wine should compliment each other such as a full-bodied Bordeaux with a juicy steak.

Here are some common pairings that you can keep in mind next time you choose to order Italian.

Red & White Wine

Red Wines:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

Juicy red meat such as steak or lamb.

  • Pinot Noir

Dishes with heavy earth tones such as mushroom or onion.

  • Sangiovese

Spicy Italian dishes or red sauces.

White Wines:

  • Pinot Grigio

Light seafood dishes such as shrimp or scallops.

  • Chardonnay

Fatty fish such as tuna or salmon, or fish in a rich sauce such as a cream sauce.

  • Sauvignon Blanc

Tart dressings and sauces – such as lemon or fruity meals.

No matter what type of wine you are in the mood for tonight, Sonny’s has the perfect dish to pair with it. From seafood like mussels and calamari to meat entrees such as chicken marsala to luscious pasta dishes like puttenseca, we have a wide variety of Italian specialties to bring your wine pairing to the next level.

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