Italy is known for many things such as its culinary tradition, art, culture, literature, and fashion, And most importantly, its wine. Most of the world-famous wine producers are obviously Italian. The history of Italian wine production has ancient roots dating back to about 4,000 years ago. Therefore, it is pretty easy to imagine why Italy is considered one of the best countries in this field. The favorable geographical position and the environmental predisposition have surely helped Italy become the greatest wine producer in the world. There are vineyards all over Italy, but only some wineries stand out more than others because they are characterized by respect for tradition, quality, and the right perception. After all, not every region can make a bottle of Sassicaia Tenuta San Guido.
Centrally situated and known for its scenic and beautiful vineyards, Tuscany is the region for Sassicaia Tenuta San Guido, a Bordeaux-style red wine. The unique characteristics of the gravel vineyard make the Sassicaia wine. It is known for its crisp, citrusy flavor and goes well with fish, Cotechino and lentils, and red meat.
The combination of Sassicaia and Roast Cinta Senese Pork with a Bardolese sauce and dehydrated fruit such as prunes, dried figs, and cooked apples that recalls the tertiary notes of the wine is very appealing. A recipe to be tried.
Producer of a couple of DOCG labels, Piedmont is famous for its mountains. Its red wines get their flavor from Nebbiolo grapes. Their bold tannic taste becomes richer in time. Barolo has a hint of floral notes and is paired well with red meat dishes. Barbaresco, on the other hand, is fruity and light. It goes great with white meat, cold ham, and lighter cheese sauce.
The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has the most vineyards in Italy. Its warm climate is perfect for growing grapes. Marsala is the sweet wine that is used in cooking to enrich the sauce. Nero d’Avola is the most notable drinking wine with its rich, acidic robust taste. Pairs good with any seafood and fish dishes.
Nero d’Avola and tuna are not an unusual match. It can be said it has always been “the exception which confirms the rule” of fish with white wine. In fact, an exciting and meaty wine, powerful and elegant as Nero d’Avola, is perfect to be matched with tuna ammuttunatu with garlic and mint sauce, a classic of Palermo’s gastronomy.
Home of sparkling wine, Lombardy is home to Italy’s beautiful lakes. Franciacorta DOCG, Pinto Nero, and Nebbiolo are the most famous wines from this region. As risotto or pasta are the most famous dishes here, any wine pairs nicely. If you want to try something traditional, go for Cotoletta Alla Milanese. It’s a well seasoned, breaded veal cutlet that is to die for.
The region is best known for producing sparkling Prosecco wine. Though it is known for producing white wines, notable red wines like Valpolicella and Bardolino also come from this region. Dried salted codfish and cuttlefish are delicacies here. Even pork, game, or fowl are available on order. Delicious dishes made from these main ingredients go well with sparkly fruity wines.
Known for its red sparkling wine Lambrusco, Emilia-Romagna is the country’s food capital. The pork here is the best pairing for your wine. Even dried cured meats like salami, porchetta, and mortadella go well.
As a country with an enormous selection of wine and food, you can choose whatever dish makes you feel comfortable. Asking your server is always helpful. Going to an Italian wine tasting is a great idea to know about different types of wine and their pairing in general. Every city has a wide variety of wines to choose from. But going for something fancy, like a bottle of Sassicaia Tenuta San Guido, would taste delicious every time.
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