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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  • Steamed Clams and Chilled Grillo from Sicilia DOC

Steamed Clams and Chilled Grillo from Sicilia DOC

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A fun, elegant appetizer to start a casual meal with friends. The mineral essence of the clams pair well with the subtle tropical fruit notes of a Grillo from Sicily.


  • 24 cherrystone clams
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Chopped Italian parsley leaves


Heat a large sauté pan on medium high heat. When hot, add the oil and garlic and let the garlic sizzle for 30 seconds. Add the wine and clams, and cover the pan. Open the lid and check on the clams after 5 minutes and remove from the heat when the clams open. Transfer contents of the pan to a shallow bowl and sprinkle parsley on top.