Wine pairings for Risotto al Asparagi
Asparagus is one of the hardest veggies with which to pair wine. So whether you want white or red on the table, the wine will need herbal tones to work. The rice in this dish gives it weight, but this element is lifted by the light bitterness of the asparagus. A medium bodied wine – without new oak – is ideal. It’s not always easy to find herbal wines with medium body, but Liguria – more often thought of for its scenic Cinque Terre than fine wine – offers some solutions. You might have to search a bit for these unique local varieties, however, as these wines are produced in small quantities.
Pigato is all about the herbal notes. It also has crackling acidity, which will cleanse the palate of the risotto, and its pronounced minerality blends nicely with the stock and Parmigiano Reggiano.
Rossese has a woodsy, savory side that will also meld well with the dish’s core ingredients. Its bright berry flavors will contrast nicely with the creaminess of the risotto while its assertive acidity will match the tang of the asparagus.
Christy Canterbury, Master of Wine (MW)