Wine & Cheese Pairing

We've combined some of our favorite Italian wines with cheese, charcuterie, and olives to make any party a celebration!

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Conti Torraiolo Sangiovese
$6 Wine

  • From Puglia, Italy
  • Aromas and palate of cherry/berry flavors
  • Medium-body; smooth, soft finish

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Conti Torraiolo Chardonnay Trebbiano 
$6 Wine

  • Made in Tuscany from 50% Trebbiano and 50% Chardonnay grapes
  • Aromas of citrus, apple and wildflower
  • Dry on palate, pleasant food-friendly acidity on finish
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Goes great with Trio Di Italy (Mild) 

Asiago Pressato, Prosciutto di Parma, Castelvetrano Olives

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Torraiolo Super Toscana
Under $10 (89W)

  • Made in Tuscany from primarily Sangiovese with Cabernet and Merlot grapes
  • Aromas of crushed berries, cherries; smoky oak, tobacco leaf hints
  • Lush, smooth, full-bodied, with round tannins, long, rich finish
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Torraiolo Chianti Classico Riserva
Under $20 (91W)

  • Made in Tuscany from 100% Sangiovese grapes
  • Intense bouquet of dark fruits
  • Dry, full-bodied wine with chocolate and black cherry flavors
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Goes great with Trio Di Italy (Medium) 

Oro Cremoso, San Danielle Prosciutto, Cerignola Green Olives

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Torraiolo Brunello di Montalcino
Under $30 (92W)

  • Made in Tuscany from 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes
  • Vanilla fragrance; dark cherry flavors
  • Soft tannins and rich, juicy finish
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Goes great with Trio Di Italy (Intense) 

Parmigiano Reggiano, Speck, Gaeta Olives

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Our experts share their pointers for pairing two of life's greatest culinary delights

Tannins:  Tannic red wines pair perfect with rich, aged cheeses, because their tannins bind to protein and fat, creating a nice clean feel on your palate. 

In the same light, tannic red wines will feel far too astringent with young cheeses; leaving a chalky sensation and potentially a metallic aftertaste.  Young cheeses would benefit best from a low tanning wine like Beaujolais.

Texture: Rich, creamy cheeses pair better with buttery, oaky white wines, creating a truly harmonious palate sensation (this is where a white burgundy pairs perfectly). A contrast can work as well.  Bubbles in sparkling wine can refresh your pallet when paired with a rich cheese making you hungry for more. For example, Bon Vivant Sparkling Brut paired with Cremeux de Bourgogne.

White wines hardly ever clash with cheese, mild or stinky, soft or firm.  Dry whites pair well with soft-textured cheeses, especially those with mild flavors.  Whites with crisp acidity go particularly well with acidic cheeses.

Red wines match up best with firm, mellow cheeses.

Location:  What grows together goes together (French Wine=French Cheeses)

Salt loves sweet: Sweet wines pair better with saltier cheeses. The salt in the cheese heightens the perception of sweetness in the wine.

Wine Ratings: W—Wegmans

Available at these wine stores- New York: Century Liquor & Wines, Whitehouse Liquor & Wine, Liquor City, Amherst St Wine & Liquor, and Johnson City Liquor & Wine. Massachusetts: All Wegmans Wine Shops. Maryland: Hunt Valley Wine Liquor & Beer. New Jersey: Wegmans Bridgewater, Wegmans Cherry Hill, Wegmans Manalapan, Wegmans Mt Laurel, Wegmans Ocean, Wegmans Princeton, Wegmans Woodbridge. Virginia: All Wegmans Wine Shops. Some stores are individually owned and operated, and are not part of a chain or cooperative buying group. Prices and product availability may vary among stores.

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