Wine pairings for Riccioli al Limone con Gamberi
This Sunday Pasta combines sweet and savory elements. Tomatoes contribute sweetness while the garlic and parsley bring in earthy notes. The shrimp plays double duty, bringing both sweetness and saline components. Since shellfish tends to clash with tannin, I suggest staying away from red wines.
Erbaluce di Caluso is a Piedmontese grape that produces floral whites. It is most often made in a sweet style, known as Caluso Passito, but some dry versions are also available. These dry wines tend to have medium body and mouth-watering acidity, giving them good mid-weight balance to match this pasta.
Rather than go with a dry, still rosato, a sparkling wine, which will have the slightest touch of sweetness (so slight it may not even be noticeable), is an excellent option. Italy makes tons of pink bubbly, so the options are wide open. While either tank- or bottle-fermented wines work, the non-vintage (“NV”) metodo classico bottlings will have fresher fruit than longer-aged, vintage wines.
Check out our recipe for Riccioli al Limone con Gamberi.
Christy Canterbury, Master of Wine (MW)