Antipasto Party

One of the safest ways to create successful wine pairings is to put foods and wines of the same region together.
 

One of the safest ways to create successful wine pairings is to put wines and foods of the same culture together. For centuries wine and cuisine grew up together in the regions of Europe. So, if you’re serving Italian, try Italian wines. Or the other way around. If you want to taste Italian wines, put together an easy Italian meal. The point is great food, great wine, great people. If you can do that without slaving hours away in the kitchen, so much the better. You can invite friends around for an Italian Wine Tasting and put together a great assortment of “antipasti,” or you could even assign simple things for guests to contribute. 

  • A variety of olives 
  • Thin slices of Genoa salami rolled up with thin slices of provolone 
  • Thin slices of prosciutto wrapped around chunks of cantaloupe 
  • Tangy shavings of parmigiano reggiano 
  • Cherry sized balls of fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar 
  • A bowl of Sicilian Caponata (cap-uh-nah-tah), made a day or 2 ahead, to spread on garlicky toasted rounds of crust bread - See Recipe 
  • Marinated artichokes 
  • Thin slices of dried beef rubbed with lemon and olive oil 
  • Hot, soft bread sticks bread sticks and a dipping oil flavored with fresh squeezed garlic and pesto sauce 
  • Fresh ricotta smear (add Italian herbs, gralic, olive oil, crumbled gorgonzola or grated parmiggiano...be inventive!) with slices of fresh Italian bread