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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  • Dark Chocolate Bark with Nuts and Exotic Spices

Dark Chocolate Bark with Nuts and Exotic Spices

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Homemade chocolate barks filled with exotic flavors of cardamom, chipotle and matcha. A full-bodied and fruity Nero d’Avola from Sicilia DOC perfectly balances the aromas of these delicious treats.


  • 1 pound dark chocolate (60 to 70 percent cacao)
  • 1 1/4 cups nuts such as peanuts, pistachios, or cashews
  • 1-2 tablespoons spices such as chipotle powder, matcha or cardamom


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a sharp knife, finely chop the chocolate. In a bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water, heat the chopped chocolate, stirring occasionally, until it is about two-thirds melted; do not let the bowl touch the water. Remove the bowl from the saucepan and stir the chocolate until it is completely melted and the temperature registers 90° on a candy thermometer.

Stir one type of nuts and one of the spices into the chocolate and spread onto the prepared baking sheet in a 1/2-inch-thick layer, making sure the nuts and seeds are completely covered in chocolate. Refrigerate the bark for about 10 minutes, until hardened. Invert the bark onto a work surface. Remove the parchment paper, break into 25 pieces and store or serve. Makes 6 servings.