Selecting the Right Wine for Your Dinner
If you are eating a delicious Italian meal, an Italian white or red wine can only enhance the experience. Thanks to its rich soil and temperate climate as well as its long history of grape cultivation, Italy is one of the most renowned regions of the world for producing wine.
Italy’s rich history means you have many options to choose from.
Italian White Wines:
- Pinot Grigio: This wine comes from Northeastern Italy and is typically made with Pinot Gris grapes. It is not oaky and tends to be crisp and light-bodied.
- Soave: From the Veneto region, this wine is made from Garganega grapes and tends to be a light-bodied or medium-bodied dry white wine with subtle and crisp fruit tones.
- Frascati: Largely made from Trebbiano grapes, Frascati is a dry wine with crisp, delicate flavors.
- Gavi: From Piedmont, this wine is medium-bodied and dry. It has honey flavors and a slight fruit or apple note.
- Asti: Also from Piedmont and from the Moscato grape, this sparkling white is sweet and floral or fruity. It is a young wine which is low in alcohol.
- Orvieto: From Grechetto grapes in Umbria, this wine is medium-bodied. Many Orvieto wines are crisp and dry, often with a surprising and pleasant finish of bitterness.
- Verdicchio: From the Marche region and the Verdicchio grape, this wine is crisp and dry with a slight hint of the sea.
Italian Red Wines:
For meals involving heavier flavors and bold meats, you may need a red wine to serve as your counterpart. Italy has many famous reds, including:
- Montepulciano d’Abruzzo: From the Abruzzo region, this wine is a flavorful and medium-bodied option.
- Salice Salentino: This red wine has deep, rich aromas and flavors, making it a good pairing for heavier and bolder foods.
- Barolo: This wine is at its peak between 10 and 20 years and is complex in flavor and aroma.
- Brunello di Montalcino: With stronger tannins, this intense, full-bodied wine is often best at 15 years or more.
- Amarone: While dry, this full-bodied wine almost seems sweet. It pairs well with strong cheeses and rich dishes.
- Barbera: With strong acidity and berry tones, this wine is usually light-bodied or medium-bodied. It pairs well with many types of foods and is well worth trying.
- Chianti: With a cherry flavor, this wine is very dry and medium-bodied.
- Lambrusco: Sometimes a fizzy or sparkling wine, Lambrusco is a delicious sweet red wine.
- Vino Nobile di Montepulciano: This medium-bodied wine is reminiscent of a Chianti, albeit often fuller.
In many cases, finding the right Italian wine for your meal is a combination of an adventurous spirit and some wine knowledge. Bricco has an extensive wine menu for you to expand your repertoire and helpful suggestions from our team to help you select the right wine for your meal. Reserve your table at Bricco today.