Italian Wine

Spaghetti and Meatballs
Chianti is a fresh and youthful Italian wine from Tuscany with rustic charm and is made from the Sangiovese grape (with up to 15% content from other grapes). Rustic is a description often applied to Italian wines, and it often implies an earthiness or forest component to it. Expect flavours […]

Chianti & Food Pairings

Nero d’Avola is a full-bodied, dry red wine from Sicily that has a similar weight as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Nero d’Avola can be purchased for an incredible value right now, as it is not popular just yet. While it is gaining steam as wine to be reckoned with, it […]

Nero d’Avola & Food Pairings

Pepperoni Pizza
Montepulciano is a juicy medium-bodied red wine grape from Italy which has a naturally high acidity that makes it perfect with tomato-based dishes. The wine also features robust herbal flavours and grippy tannin that demands rich and fatty foods like beef brisket, meatloaf or hamburgers. Pepperoni Pizza and Montepulciano Montepulciano […]

Montepulciano & Food Pairings

Baked Chicken Parmesan
Parmesan sauce is tomato-based, meaning it won’t pair well with wines that are high in tannin. Tannin combined with tomatoes makes everything taste metallic, which is not appealing. Thus, you need a red wine that is acidic, such as Pinot Noir, Chianti, or Primitivo. Acidic wines won’t clash with the […]

Chicken Parmesan & Wine Pairing

lasagna close up
Lasagna is one of our favourite comfort foods, especially when it is fresh and homemade. Layers of ground beef, Lasagna noodles, ricotta cheese, and various veggies like onion, peppers and tomato sauce are hard to beat. While there are many different variations of Lasagna to be had, from white Lasagna, […]

Lasagna & Wine Pairing

Charcuterie is any type of processed meat that has been dried, salted, fermented or smoked. Generally, it is served on a Charcuterie platter, or as Antipasto, as an appetizer or ‘before the meal’ dish. Such plates would consist of the various deli meats accompanied by olives, grilled asparagus, marinated vegetables […]

Charcuterie and Wine Pairings

Antipasto means before the meal and is an assortment of appetizers such as cured meats, cheese, olives, pickled vegetables and smoked fish. To appreciate the cultural experience stick to everyday Italian Red, White and Rosé. The crowd pleasers being Pinot Grigio, Valpolicella, Dolcetto, and Barbera. You won’t go wrong with […]

Antipasto & Wine Pairing

Venison Stew
Known as the ‘King of Red Wine’, Barolo is wine high in tannin and meant to be aged at least a decade (traditionally, they used to say two decades) before enjoying. If you judge a wine by its colour, Barolo will punch you in the face every time.  In fact, […]

Barolo and Food Pairings

vin santo served with biscotti
Vin Santo is an Italian dessert that feels like a cross between a wine and a whiskey.  Usually getting up to 16%-18% alcohol, it takes its amber colour from the small chestnut or oak casks that it is aged in.  It has beautiful flavours such as nutmeg, cinnamon, honey, and […]

Vin Santo & Food Pairings

Santa Margheritta label
For years, Santa Margherita’s Pinot Grigio has been the number one imported wine sold in North America’s restaurants. And for a good reason, as this Italian white wine delivers a consistently clean and dry flavour with a pleasant golden apple, peach, and citrus taste year after year. Our top four […]

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio & Food Pairings

Ryme Vermentino label
If you love Sauvignon Blanc or Grüner Veltliner, Vermentino is worth seeking out for something similar, but its own traits that make it distinct. Vermentino is a light-bodied white wine that has a sophisticated edge to it. One sip, and you’ll find aromas of pear, peach, lime, grapefruit and crushed […]

Vermentino and Food Pairings

Dorico Conero
Rosso Conero DOC is a wine appellation in the Marche region of Italy. The red wines made here mainly use the Montepulciano grape, which must consist of 85% of the wine’s grape content. The other 15% must be Sangiovese, and nothing else. Rosso Conero is medium to full-bodied red wines […]

Rosso Conero & Food Pairings