A thousand Tomato Pairings
Summer air in Italy lingers with the smell of fresh tomatoes. Nature returns to us in the summer, giving us this special fruit used in practically every area of Italy – appetizers, first courses, main courses, side dishes, and even some forays into dessert.
The tomato is as much appreciated as it is versatile in its culinary expressions. And it is precisely for this reason that wine lovers would like to know which wines best suit these multiple expressions.
A classic Italian appetizer is the caprese salad which is made of tomato, mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil like our Sillano. Nothing could be simpler and more perfect than this strong summer dish paired with a fresh, dry and soft white wine like our Dogajolo. If you prefer bubbles, our Farnito Brut goes perfectly with the satisfying softness of mozzarella.
Another great classic Italian dish is spaghetti with tomato and basil. The excellence and simplicity of this Italian dish is known throughout the world. This classic dish pairs well with Dogajolo Rosato, a wine with good structure, good acidity and great balance, which admirably balances the delicate and clear flavors of the dish.
It goes without saying that the tomato also lends itself to more complex preparations, serving as the basis for sauces such as ragù alla bolognese or the timeless amatriciana.
For the Bolognese we suggest a wine of great structure and body, which seamlessly accompanies the complexity of the dish by hand – a glass of Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva is undoubtedly a very fine choice.
When it comes to the amatriciana, given the fattiness and strong flavor of the pig cheek, we recommend our Chianti Classico Riserva which thanks to the right balance of acidity, alcohol and tannins, admirably balances the fattiness of the dish.
One more classic par excellence dish which may be somewhat less known internationally is the Tuscan pappa al pomodoro which we suggest with Chianti Classico.
A summer recipe worth mentioning is the Italian eggplant parmigiana, covered with tomato sauce and served in a steaming pan. The perfect pairing for this dish is Dogajolo Rosso, a wine that despite what one might think about reds is ideal for a pleasant summer evening spent at the table.
Other summer dishes are rice stuffed tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or other seasonal vegetables of your choice. These vegetables pair well with a white, delicate bubbly wine with a quick sip, like our Spumante Brut.