An Easy-to-Understand Guide to Italian Wine

If you’re new to wine or simply want to learn more, let us walk you through Italian wines so you don’t feel overwhelmed. We understand how confusing it may be when ordering wine as there is a massive selection of wines on the market. What wine pairs well with steak? Should I choose red wine with pasta? What is a dessert wine? We’re here to walk you through an Italian wine list so you can order with confidence.

First, let’s discuss the top wine regions.

Piedmont wines usually have three key grapes  – Barbera, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto. These are often red, heavy wines but there are light wines such as a Moscato.

Tuscany wines are made from the Sangiovese grape and there are several prices and qualities.

Alto Adige wines are predominantly white with Pinot Grigio being one of the most popular. Due to the cooler nights and warm days, the temperature shifts creates a wonderful grape acidity.

Two Wine Categories 

There are two categories when it comes to wine, Table Wines & DOCG Italian Wines. Table wines are more affordable and they are produced with the intention of being consumed at an Italian family dinner. These wines come in a large jug or a 750ml bottle. On the other hand, DOCG wines range in quality and due to the climate in which it is produced, these wines are a bit more diverse. Wine such as Super Tuscans, Barolo and Amarone are among the pricier wines.

Food & Wine Pairings

Simply put, Italian wine enhances Italian food. If you’re having steak, try Barbaresco or Piedmont’s Barolo. Wines (such as these) with high acidity are designed to handle a high fat content.

Pinot Grigio is Italy’s most noteworthy white wine due to its acidity, making it incredibly easy to pair it with food. Stick to seafood when you’re looking for food to pair with Pinot Grigio. Other wines that work wonderfully with seafood include Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and Falerio. These wines can also be used with fish based meals and cream based dishes.

When eating pasta with tomato sauce or meat sauce, you’ll want a medium-bodied red like Merlot or Bardolino. Some other wines that complement this meal include Montepulciano and Dolcette.

If you’re digging into a meat and cheese platter, a full-bodied red is recommended, especially with aged cheeses. Try Cabernet Sauvignon or Amarone.

Who could forget dessert? With a sweet treat you’ll want a sweet wine. Vin Santo, Moscator and Malvasia are ideal.

Grab Wine & Dinner at Trattoria Il Panino

At Trattoria Il Panino, we have an extensive wine list which pair perfectly with our authentic Italian food. From full-bodied reds to sweet blushes, we have wine that meets anyone’s taste. Stop into Trattoria Il Panino – Boston’s best Italian food!