Foods to pair with fiano
Don’t sweat pairing with fiano - if you need a few suggestions, we’ve got you covered. Generally medium-bodied, it’s a wine that ranges from light and fresh in style to fuller and more textural, depending on what the winemaker is going for - so it can be a versatile little number.
Here are five matches that could be winners, but as always don’t be afraid to mix it up and find out which works best for you.
Look look - it feels like a cop out on our part, but we’ll explain. “Seafood” as a term is a very very broad church, we know it, you know it. But we aren’t kidding when we say fiano can match up well with most - its crisp acidity and mineral tang make it the perfect wingman for all things oceanic, be it fresh, grilled or roasted. Think prawns, oysters, octopus, kingfish, salmon, calamari - we know you don’t have all day to listen to us list everything tasty that lives underwater, which is why “seafood” is the proper term to use here for a wine that goes properly well with it. Our winner of a pairing though would be a clam linguine with a fiano, be it a fresh or textural drop. The brininess of the clams provides a nice contrast to the fruit sweetness and mineral notes, buddying up with the zesty lemon in the dish too.
Again, this isn’t us through a lazy descriptor out there - as with seafood, fiano’s range means that you can pair it with chicken in all its forms; grilled, poached or roasted (although unlike seafood, maybe skip raw). Fiano's a great pairing for a chicken caesar salad, but those more textural examples will also serve you well when it comes to spicier dishes like a thai green chicken curry or fajitas. It’s also great for chargrilled chicken souvlaki at a summer barbecue.
Grilled pork chops with zucchinis
We’re going more specific with this pairing - we owe it to you. Fiano has generally got that citrus through to stone fruit profile in the glass that means it’s a winning pairing with grilled pork chops - and the more textural examples have that body to match with the heavier protein. And on the side? Grill up some zucchinis too - again they’ll provide some great contrast for those fruit flavours in the glass to really pop.
Grilled eggplant with za'atar
A pairing to please anyone who’s meat-free, or taking a break. Fiano often has nutty almond/hazelnut note that goes great when matched up against toasty za’atar, especially so when it’s sprinkled over some eggplant before it’s grilled. That earthly, chargill of the veg and the herbal nuttiness of the seasoning is going to dial up everything you’re tasting in the glass a little bit, trust us.
What’s a classic Italian dish good for if not to pair with a classic Italian grape? Fiano and carbonara is one of those pairings that you’ll make your go to on a Friday night, or anytime you’re feeling like a bit of the old la dolce vita. The wine will give you some bright contrast against the salt of the guanciale, and the acidity of fiano is going to refresh your palate between each mouthful of that pecorino/parmesan/pork rich sauce. Once experienced, never forgotten. Set a plate, we'll be right there with you.
So there you go - five pairings for fiano. But again - you know what suits your palate best, and what foods you like with your favourite wines. Never be scared to mix it up though, the joy is always in the discovery.
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