Recipes & Pairings

With their crisp acidity and fresh fruit flavors, Sicily’s wines are versatile when it comes to food pairing. In general, white wines are better with lighter-bodied foods and fresh cheeses, while reds pair naturally with richer dishes. That said, white wine lovers can rely on Grillo to complement the entire meal, from pasta to grilled white meats and goat cheese. And the go-to for red-wine lovers is Nero d’Avola, which matches with everything from antipasti to grilled meats.

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  • Carrots with Tahini Dressing

Carrots with Tahini Dressing

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Side dishes don’t have to be complex to be full of taste. Spice up your veggies with a flavorful tahini drizzle and pinch of parsley. A bold Grillo from Sicilia DOC lends a refreshing note of citrus to these carrots.


  • 3 pounds carrots, peeled
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons crushed hazelnuts


Steam the carrots in a basked until tender about 6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Whisk the lemon juice with the tahini, olive oil and water until smooth. Add garlic and season with salt. Pour the dressing over the carrots, add the parsley and toss to coat. Serve sprinkled with crushed hazelnuts. Makes 8 servings.