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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  • Traditional Green Beans and Tomatoes

Traditional Green Beans and Tomatoes

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This green bean and tomato recipe may seem simple, but one taste reveals a flavor full of spice and character. A Nero d’Avola from Sicilia DOC brings a lean and refreshingly elegant taste of Sicily to this Spanish staple.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 3 cups canned diced tomatoes with their juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper, to taste


Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add green beans, then continue to cook and stir until bright green and crisp tender, about 4 minutes.

Mix in tomatoes, lemon juice and pine nuts, and season with chives, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer gently uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes. Makes 6 servings.