Be Inspired Wine Pairing – Southern Italian


Menu 1 – Schola Sarmenti 2021 Fiano Salento IGT

This pale lemon fiano, from a relatively young winery in Puglia, has a lovely bright floral nose and great acid with a mouth-watering finish. It cuts through the rich acqua pazza sauce beautifully and harmonises with the juicy tomatoes in the sauce and salad.


Menu 2 – Rocca 2020 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC

The dark plum colour of this soft red wine from Abruzzo is echoed in its ripe red fruit aroma. Its fruit forms a bridge between the sweet caramelised onions and spicy ‘nduja in the sauce with this week’s lamb. Pop it in the fridge for half an hour before serving.


Menu 3 – Brigante Phemina 2021 Cirò Bianco DOC

Made from 100% greco bianco grown on rocky slopes between the Sila Mountains and Ionian Sea in eastern Calabria, this pale gold wine has a ripe, savoury nose and gentle tannins. It’s a food wine that comes into its own with the juicy pear and earthy walnuts in this week’s salad.


Menu 4 – Podere Don Cataldo 2020 Primitivo Salento IGT

This primitivo, grown near Lecce in Italy’s heel, has a slightly herbaceous nose reminiscent of cabernet sauvignon, a perfect match for the herbal salmoriglio in this week’s menu. Its touch of acid balances the abundant olive oil and its firm tannins marry well with the steak.

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