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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Cheese Fondue

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This rich and decadent cheese fondue can be enjoyed with red or white wines from Sicilia DOC and is a perfect (and delicious!) reason for friends to gather.

Ingredients:

  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 1 pound Gruyère cheese, grated
  • 1/2 pound Emmentaler cheese, grated
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kirsch
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • Whole wheat bread, cubed
  • Apple slices

Directions:

Rub the inside of a cheese fondue pot or medium enameled cast-iron casserole with the garlic clove; discard the garlic. Combine the grated Gruyère and Emmentaler with the wine, cornstarch and lemon juice in the fondue pot and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the cheeses begin to melt, about 5 minutes. Add the kirsch and a generous pinch of white pepper and cook, stirring gently, until creamy and smooth, about 10 minutes. Serve with the apple slices and cubed bread. Makes 8 servings.