Wine Pairings for Risotto al Lenticchie e Salsiccia (Lentils and Sausage)

Wine pairings for Risotto al Lenticchie e Salsiccia

Bianco: Aldo Conterno Chardonnay Il Bussiador, Gaja Chardonnay Gaia & Rey

Rosso: Paternoster Aglianico del Vulture Don Anselmo, Vigne Mastrodomenico Aglianico del Vulure Likos

This week’s recipe is a hearty dish. With as much weight as risotto carries, it’s hard to go with anything less than an equally heavy wine. Wines that clock in at 13.5% abv and over will likely have the oomph to make a good pairing.

Chardonnay is a white grape that comes in all sorts of styles, but a style that is ripe and comes with some new oak is the best one for the dish when it comes to a white wine. The round palate of these Chardonnays blends beautifully with the creaminess of the arborio rice. The two I’ve suggested are some of Italy’s premier Chardonnay. After all, it’s the holidays…however, if you are looking for a more budget-friendly Chardonnay, just be sure to ask your favorite wine merchant for one that was fermented in barrels in order to get the nicely complex profile you’ll want for multi-flavored dish.

A red paired with this dish will need generous fruit flavors along with either firm tannins or lifting acidity or both. Reds from the south of Italy often work well in this department. Aglianico del Vulture from Basilicata should work particularly well as its minerally funk will pair well with both the earthy lentils and meaty sausage.

Check out our recipe for Risotto al Lenticchie e Salsiccia.

Cin cin!
Christy Canterbury, Master of Wine (MW)
Wine Editor

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