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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  • Nero d’Avola Berry Compote

Nero d’Avola Berry Compote

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Spice up your ice cream sundae with a mouthwatering Nero d’Avola berry compote.


  • 1 Pound red-skinned plums, halved, pitted, each cut into 6 wedges
  • 2 ½-Pint baskets fresh raspberries
  • 1 ½-Pint basket fresh blackberries
  • 2 Cups Nero d’Avola red wine
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 Vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • Ice cream for serving


Combine all ingredients except the ice cream in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn down heat and let mixture simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool to room temperature and then chill thoroughly.

Serve over ice cream or alongside roasted meats. Makes 6 servings.