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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  • Mediterranean Watermelon Salad with Cucumber and Mint

Mediterranean Watermelon Salad with Cucumber and Mint

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A nice chilled glass of Sicilian Grillo will lend complex mineral notes and tropical, fruity aromas that will complement the sweetness of the watermelon and freshness of the cucumber and mint in this simple, yet elegant summer salad.


  • 12 seedless watermelon balls
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • A few sprigs of mint, thinly sliced
  • Italian red wine vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Remove some of the peel off the cucumber, leaving some stripes of green peel. Cut the cucumber lengthwise, and use a tablespoon to clean out the seeds and pulp in the middle. Cut the cucumber into batons, approximately 2 inches long and 1/2 inch thick. Combine with the melon balls, onion, mint, vinegar and olive oil. Serve chilled. Makes 4 servings.