Best Italian wines for your Aperitivo and how to pair them
The upcoming summer, with its longer, bright sunny days definitely calls for relaxing moments with friends and family. And is there a better way to relax than enjoying the sunset while sipping a good cocktail and having a few nibbles? We don't think so. Those who don't love cocktails or too spirituous drinks can have a good Spritz... or why not a good Italian wine?
Prosecco: the Italian bubbly wine
Prosecco is probably the most famous Italian sparkling wine and also the name of the white grape used to produce the wine itself. Thanks to its light, spritzy bubbles, fruity flavor and pleasant freshness, it is one of the top choice for the Aperitivo. The beauty of Prosecco is that you can easily pair it with pretty much... everything, from seafood to cheese and cured meats without forgetting the vegetarian options.
Italian white wines: fruity and fresh
If you don't love bubbly, you can opt for one of the Italian white wines, still or sparkling. There are countless options but the best Italian wines for the Aperitivo are, in our opinion, fresh and fruity white wines, such as the Gewürztraminer or the Chardonnay. Because of it sweeter taste, white wine is not usually paired with cured meats: if you want to drink a Chardonnay or a Gewurtztraminer, we suggest serving a cheese platter, sweet, raw vegetables such as carrots or tomatoes and for an unusual pairing, truffle bruschettas or truffle chips!
Italian Red wines: for the wine lovers
A few years ago, at least in Italy, almost nobody would have asked for a Red Wine as Aperitivo. With more and more wine bar and a new approach towards wine, however, it has become pretty trendy to have wine before dinner and more and more people do not give up with the red. However, if you are having one or two glasses before dining, it is preferable to choice a young Italian red wine, such as Barbera or Sangiovese - stronger Tuscan wines like the Brunello di Montalcino are better paired with heartier dishes. To accompany Red wine we suggest serving cured meats, mature cheese and a bit of carbs like focaccia or crackers.