So much has been written about how to choose wines, how to serve and enjoy them, and how to pair food and wine. However, much of the information in English is from a New World perspective, which is often patronising or wildly inaccurate; I’ve seen reviews and actual wine labels that state “this wine pairs excellently with pasta and finger food”. Really? All of them? North American TV shows, comics, and newspaper columns feature people clamouring for WINE! and slugging it back without really seeming to taste it. Even the lovely Olivia Pope on the TV show Scandal is prone to drinking straight out of the bottle, although she and her father at other times seem quite snobby about their wines.
French and Italian traditions are intrinsically tied to pairing food and wine to bring out the best in both wines and regional seasonal ingredients and cuisine. It doesn’t have to be intimidating, and wine-food pairing should not be limited to formal dining experiences; browse this site and learn how to experiment and have fun with wine-food pairing to please your palate and delight your friends. Knowledge does not mean snobbery or intimidation, and it is my firm believe that knowing a bit more about what’s in your glass will help you enjoy your wine even more. Have a browse here if you are planning a trip abroad or to a wine region within your own country, or even if you are simply heading to the local wine store.
Wine in Italy is in constant evolution, and it can be tricky to keep up with the latest trends, products, labelling, events, etc. Hopefully this site will help English speakers navigate this fascinating world and enjoy it to the fullest.