Why does food and wine matching seem so difficult, so fraught with opportunity to miss the mark? It’s simple really: we insist on reinventing the wheel, overlooking time-tested pairings that are always spot-on in favor of hit-or-miss improvisations.
High on the list of time-tested culinary hook-ups is the sensational combination of the Italian sweet bread panettone with the subtly sugary, frothy sip known as Asti Spumante. Like many dining room dream teams the two grew up together, in this case in the north of Italy where panettone is the traditional Christmas and New Year treat and Asti Spumante its perennial accompaniment. Together they’re a holiday party waiting to happen–as easy and pleasing a dessert course as you’ve ever served.
Torelli “Di Michela” Asti Spumante is available at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge, or for pick-up at Formaggio Kitchen South End with one day’s notice.
Stephen Meuse is a Wine Buyer at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge.