Food pairing: the best food and wine pairings for summer

food pairing

During the hot summer days, there’s nothing more satisfying than savoring delicious dishes paired with a good glass of refreshing wine. Food pairing, or “abbinamento cibo-vino” in Italian, is the art of finding the perfect synergy between food flavors and the characteristics of a wine, creating a unique and unforgettable culinary experience.

In this article, we will explore the secrets of the best food and wine pairings for summer, highlighting the most exquisite summer tastes and offering practical tips to enhance your dinners and gatherings with friends and family.

From fresh seasonal salads to seafood dishes and exquisite fruit-based preparations, we will discover how the right food and wine pairing can elevate the gastronomic experience and surprise your taste buds. Get ready to delight your senses and explore with us the best food and wine pairings to make this summer even more flavorful and unforgettable.

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The art of summer food pairing: tips and suggestions

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Summer is the perfect time to experiment with new flavor combinations.

The key to achieving refined pairings is understanding the characteristics of both the food and the wine and striving to harmonize them to the best effect. For instance, light and fresh dishes like tomato and mozzarella salads or seafood carpaccio pair beautifully with a dry and fruity white wine.

On the other hand, grilled meats and barbecue recipes truly shine when paired with red wines boasting spicy aromas and full-bodied flavors.

Let’s not forget about summer vegetarian offerings such as stuffed zucchinis or grilled eggplants, which often pair wonderfully with a rosé wine, accentuating the wine’s fruity aspects.

Remember, the balance of flavors is essential, and with a bit of experimentation, you can discover surprising pairings that will delight you during these hot days.

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5 must-try summer pairings

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  • Seafood salad with Sauvignon Blanc: the freshness of seafood ingredients like shrimp, mussels, and calamari melds perfectly with the light acidity and herbal notes of a Sauvignon Blanc. This refreshing white wine will highlight the flavors of the sea, offering a relaxing and tasty experience to be enjoyed in the shade of a tree or by the seaside.
  • Lemon risotto with Vermentino: lemon risotto, with its delicacy and citrusy fragrance, finds its ideal companion in Vermentino. This Tuscan white wine is known for its freshness and liveliness, which harmonize beautifully with the taste of lemon, creating an explosion of summer flavors in every bite.
  • Grilled salmon with Pinot Noir: grilled salmon is a beloved summer dish, and pairing it with a slightly cool Pinot Noir can be an excellent choice. The red fruit and lightly spicy tones of the wine complement the succulent salmon meat, creating a refined and delightful combination.
  • Quinoa burger with rosé wine: this vegetarian alternative to the classic burger is surprisingly delightful with rosé wine. The fruity notes and slight acidity of the wine balance perfectly with the flavors of quinoa and vegetables, offering a light and enjoyable pairing, perfect for summer evenings.
  • Fresh fruit with Prosecco: to conclude a summer meal on a sweet and carefree note, nothing beats the combination of fresh fruit with a splash of Prosecco. The wine’s bubbles mingle with the natural sweetness of the fruit, providing a festive and sparkling touch to your summer evenings.

Experiment and have fun with summer food pairing, savoring each sip and relishing each bite, turning your summer dinners into unprecedented culinary experiences!

Casa Paladin

Casa Paladin

Casa Paladin is a company with a history deeply rooted in the Venetian lands of Caranto, where ancient Roman wine amphorae can still be found today.

Founded in 1962, thanks to half a century of experience and a strong connection to the region, Casa Paladin stands out for its winemaking creativity passed down from generation to generation. The winery enhances the character of its wines through rigorous and sustainable vinification processes.

Here, you can have an intriguing and enjoyable experience exploring the world of typical cheeses from the region. You will taste six different types, from fresh to the most aged, paired with the most representative wines from Casa Paladin, a true expression of the territory.

Each cheese will be presented with its pairing, but then it will be up to you to choose the winning combination according to your palate.

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Tenuta Ambrosini

Tenuta Ambrosini

In the heart of Franciacorta, amidst the boundaries of the lake and the sun-kissed hills, you will find Cazzago S. Martino, one of the nineteen privileged municipalities for Franciacorta production.

Here, since the mid-20th century, the Ambrosini family has passionately dedicated themselves to cultivating eight hectares of vineyards, with varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, and Pinot Nero.

Their company philosophy is to highlight the superb local wines. In addition to their winemaking activities, the Ambrosini family offers an agritourism experience, featuring dishes from traditional Franciacorta cuisine.

After the winery tour and an explanation of the Classic method of Franciacorta production, you can savor excellent local dishes such as Franciacorta risotto and Brescian spiedo (a type of roast) paired with the finest wines from the estate.

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Cantine Goretti

Cantine Goretti

The Goretti Estate has cultivated a love for the Umbrian hills and a passion for crafting excellent wines for four generations. Located near Perugia, it enjoys breathtaking views and possesses exclusive vineyards on the fertile Umbrian soil.

The company is built upon the winemaking vocation of the region, family entrepreneurial experience, and the goal of producing high-quality products. They have invested time in the direct management of their vineyards, constantly improving cultivation techniques to obtain high-quality raw materials.

Goretti offers a line of wines obtained from careful selection and meticulous care of the grapes. The restored thirteenth-century tower is the symbol of the company, and the estates can be visited via an aerial taxi service offered by the company.

The Goretti family personally welcomes visitors in the historic tower, providing a unique perspective on the family’s history. The tour continues in the production and vinification areas, where the secrets and passion for each grape turn into unique and extraordinary wines.

The experience concludes in the beautiful tasting room, where the finest wines are paired with local specialties, offering a delightful and memorable experience. An intoxicating journey to discover their most precious wines, specially selected for visitors.

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Tenuta Cocci Grifoni

Tenuta Cocci Grifoni

Tenuta Cocci Grifoni is a winery with a history dating back to 1933 and officially founded in 1970. Guido Cocci Grifoni had the courage to reintroduce the Pecorino grape variety to its original habitat, shaping the company’s philosophy based on bold choices and sustainability.

The wine lines reflect a manifesto of eco-sustainability, dedicating labels to animal and plant biodiversity. The winery also offers hospitality with the Cocci Grifoni Relais, providing wine tourism experiences and traditional culinary delights from the Piceno region.

Managed by women, Tenuta Cocci Grifoni is a project that combines conservation with a forward-looking spirit, embodying the values of audacity and beauty.

You will discover how their wines harmonize perfectly with traditional dishes updated and enhanced by the creativity of Chef Riccardo Amabili.

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Tenuta di Castelfalfi

Tenuta di Castelfalfi

Tenuta di Castelfalfi is a farming estate situated in a natural environment spanning 1,100 hectares of woods and oak groves, with small bodies of water, olive groves, and vineyards that seamlessly blend into the landscape. The estate cultivates 25 hectares of vineyards and 40 hectares of olive groves in the province of Florence with care and dedication, following the principles of organic farming, producing only high-quality products such as fragrant extra virgin olive oils, fine wines, honey, and spirits.

Visiting Tenuta di Castelfalfi allows you to immerse yourself in an authentic journey that combines taste, tradition, and culture. Accompanied by the winery team, you can gain a better understanding of the ancient art of winemaking through a guided tasting experience that explores their six most important labels (including the precious Vin Santo), paired with local and estate-produced products.

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Tenuta San Marcello

tenuta san marcello

In 2007, Massimo and Pascale decided to fulfill a dream by relocating to San Marcello, in the Marche hinterland, to create a farm with a winery and kitchen.

Following the renovation of an old farmhouse and the planting of 4 hectares of vineyards, Tenuta San Marcello was born, with a focus on cultivating native Marche grape varieties: Verdicchio and Lacrima di Morro d’Alba.

The company adopts environmentally friendly practices and adheres to biodynamic principles, without the use of herbicides or chemical fertilizers. Harvesting is done manually, and pressing takes place within an hour to reduce the use of sulfites. The heat produced during fermentation is used to heat the water for the farm, which was obtained through the estate’s renovation.

Furthermore, in the last three years, Tenuta San Marcello has embraced traditional winemaking in qvevri, Georgian underground amphorae, which represent the highest expression of their philosophy, where the wine reflects the terroir, seasonality, grape variety characteristics, and the mood of the winemaker. Despite the small production, not exceeding 20,000 bottles, the company embodies the values of sustainable and quality agriculture, to enhance the distinctive grape varieties of Marche viticulture.

After the winery tour, you can embark on a delectable journey to tantalize your taste buds. All food and wine pairings are crafted by Osteria del Vignaiolo and are designed to provide you with a memorable culinary experience.

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