Pairing food and wine might seem like a daunting task reserved for sommeliers and culinary experts, but fear not! With a few simple tips and a sense of adventure, anyone can master the art of harmonizing flavors. Let’s take a closer look at how three popular varietals in our region – Barbera, Grenache, and Sauvignon Blanc – can elevate your dining experience. 

Barbera: Plentiful in the foothills, Barbera is like the friendly neighbor who gets along with everyone. Its bright acidity and fruity notes make it a perfect match for classic Italian dishes like saucy pastas, classic secondi or a juicy slice. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your pairings! 

Grenache: With its smooth texture and hints of red fruit, Grenache is the life of the party. It loves to mingle with grilled meats, especially those with a bit of spice. Throw some barbecue on the grill or whip up a Moroccan tagine, and Grenache will be right at home. 

Sauvignon Blanc: This crisp and zesty white wine is like a breath of fresh air on a hot summer day. Pair it with light and refreshing dishes like seafood salad or a citrus-infused chicken dish. Its acidity cuts through rich flavors, leaving your palate refreshed and ready for more. 

We love this article from Coravin that takes other pairing factors into consideration but remember, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to food and wine pairing. The most important thing is to trust your taste buds and have fun experimenting. So, grab a bottle of Barbera, Grenache, or Sauvignon Blanc, gather some friends, and with these tips, you’ll be pairing like a pro in no time!