Food & Wine Pairings: Part 1

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What foods go best with wine?

The first rule, or shall I say suggestion (because some rules were made to be broken) is if it grows together, it goes together. That of course means for example Italian food - Italian wine! Which leads me to the subject of this blog - Pizza & Wine! Specifically the varietal, Sangiovese!

The slightly sweet acidity of the tomato, the creaminess of the cheese and the chew of the crust (dough) is what makes the classic pizza so special.  Match that with say Chianti - one of the prized wines and sub regions of Tuscany - which is made from Sangiovese grapes!  Its characteristics include tart or preserved cherry, red fruits, espresso, figs, sweet balsamic, oregano, cigar smoke, even notes of dry cured meat/game (kind of like walking into an Italian Market).  Delicioso!

Note: Some Chianti wines of course taste better than others. For instance look for Classico, Rufina or Superiore and Riserva which means the wine has been aged for 2 years. Some wines from Montalcino are better (richer, aged longer, special plot of land) than others. Not all wines are a prized Brunello Di Montalicino (ages for 4 years), which are made from Sangiovese as well.  There a tons of good Italian wines in the $10-$20 range. Experiment for yourself! Until we meet again (or until I write the next blog) - Arrivaderci!!  Check out this cool video with Sofia Loren below!