Classic Italian Food And Wine Pairings – Sardinia Dishes And White Wine

Sardinia is an island in southern Italy situated to the southwest of Rome. Its climate is subtropical and more than half of Sardinia is devoted to pasture land. Culturally this island is decades away from the rest of Italy. Perhaps for this reason Sardinia is a great tourist destination. Surely for other reasons it has become quite popular with the jet set. And now for a discussion of its food and wine.

For starters, if you’re not squeamish try Calamari Fritti (Fried Squid). Among the many suggested wine pairings are Nuragus di Cagliari DOC and Vermentino di Gallura DOCG from Sardinia, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC from Abruzzi, and Fiano di Avellino DOCG from Campania. Given my lack of interest in this dish I would go with the Trebbiano, a wine grape that scarcely tickles my fancy..

A great first course is Burrida, a fish soup or chowder whose recipe varies from port to port but often includes Shark or Dogfish. You can find a similar but different Burrida in the northern Italian region of Liguria. The recommended wine pairing for the Sardinian Burrida is the star Sardinian white, Vermentino di Gallura DOCG.

If you like Bouillabaisse you should like Cassula, a spicy fish/seafood soup/stew of Spanish origin also called Cassola. Once again you can pair it with Vermentino di Gallura DOCG. Another suggestion is the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi coming from The Marches.

Aragosta arrosto (Roasted Rock Lobster) is one of the many ways to prepare lobster, an expensive Sardinian specialty. Suggested wine pairings include Vernaccia di Oristano DOC, if you can find it, or an Italian Pinot Grigio, which you can find just about anywhere.

Pasta is popular in Sardinia. If you’re feeling flush, why not add some Lobster? Another typical dish is Pasta Bottarga con Fregola (Sardinian Pasta with Cured Fish Roe). This is another dish for which Pinot Grigio is recommended.

One fine Sardinian specialty is roasting large animals in a wood-lined pit. I am told that Porceddu (Roast Suckling Pig) works best. I don’t think that you will be prepaing this dish at home, which gives you just one more reason to visit the island. Be sure to see our companion article I Love Touring Italy – Northern Sardinia for a sample menu and additional information on Sardinia wines as well as an in-depth examination of the area’s tourist attractions. Vermentino di Gallura DOCG is produced in northeastern Sardinia from the local white Vermentino grape. It may be dry or sweet and boasts Italy’s top wine classification.

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