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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  • Tomato and Watermelon Salad

Tomato and Watermelon Salad

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This 3 ingredient salad is simple to make, packed with flavors, and enriched with a Grillo from Sicilia DOC.


  • 4 to 6 large tomatoes, different colors and varieties
  • 1 Small seedless watermelon, cut into 1 ¼ inch cubes
  • 1 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 Cup roughly chopped mint
  • 1 Cup feta cheese, torn into large crumbles


Combine the cubed tomatoes and watermelon in a large, nonreactive bowl and toss gently to combine. Add salt and let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Whisk together the oil and vinegar and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the dressing to the tomatoes and watermelon and combine gently.

Chill salad until ready to serve. Before serving, stir the feta and mint into the salad, and possibly a teaspoon more of sherry vinegar (to taste). Makes 6 to 8 servings.