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Featured Recipe Pairing
Grilled Shrimp and Summer Squash
Fresh herbs, chili and mustard give these simply grilled shrimp
a flavor boost.
For an easy side dish, brush slices of rustic bread with olive
oil, then grill them alongside the shrimp and squash until grill
Northern Italy’s minerally, complex white
wines have lately become sommelier favorites.
This wine comes from Friuli-Venezia Giulia,
a region that spans Italy’s northeast corner,
along the border of Slovenia. This gorgeous
area is characterized by smooth rolling hills
dotted with forests, vineyards and farms. The
hills get steeper farther north, leading to the
foothills of the Alps, which is where the stony
vineyards that produce this wine are located.
Despite its proximity to the mountains, Friuli is
pleasantly temperate thanks to the influence
of the nearby Adriatic Sea. The region makes
red wines, but is better known for its whites—
and Alberice, located in the Colli Orientali del
Friuli subzone, is a white wine specialist. Of
the several fascinating native white grapes,
Malvasia Istriana is one of the most ancient,
dating to the 16th century. It has an extravagant
mix of floral and tropical notes over a gently
The Alberice Malvasia displays classic aromas of white flowers like jasmine
and hyacinth layered on top of hints of white peach, ripe pear and dried grass.
A solid line of acidity props up the flavors of peach, pear and apricot, with a
lingering finish suggesting orange peel.
The Alberice Malvasia is delicate enough to serve as an aperitif and with light
fare like antipasto platters, salads and soups. But it will also partner well with
richer fish dishes like scallops in a butter sauce. Accent your dishes with citrusinfused
sauces or vinaigrettes to ensure the most harmonious pairing. Fresh
herbs and herbaceous vegetables like fennel will also highlight the wine’s
vivid flavors. The wine will hold its own with sharp cheeses too. Ideal matches
include Clams with White Beans, Fennel and Broccoli Rabe and Baked Penne
with Corn, Zucchini and Basil (recipes at williams-sonoma.com).
Serve chilled: refrigerate the bottle for 30 minutes before serving.
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