Pairing food and wine is the most satisfying way of making your time around the table much more fun, especially when shared with your loved ones. Yes, wine can make food taste better, and the same goes the other way around.
Of course, every type of food is compatible with a different wine style. So, what kind of wine goes well with prosciutto? After all, the Italian cured meat is a fantastic appetizer and a must on every charcuterie platter! Here’s all you need to know.
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What is Prosciutto, anyway?
Prosciutto is a type of uncooked and unsmoked Italian dry-cured meat. There are several types of prosciutto, and many are protected by Italian and international law.
In essence, prosciutto is dry-cured ham that is salt-cured. The meat is hung which causes moisture loss, resulting in flavourful, long-lived meat. The process can take nine months to two years, making the cured meat an exclusive product.
Sliced thinly, prosciutto is an authentic delicacy. Wrapped around thin grissini bread or served with melon, there are many ways to enjoy this salty, fatty and umami-rich appetizer or antipasto.
Wine Pairings with Prosciutto
To find the right pairing for prosciutto, we must describe its flavour. In one word, prosciutto is fatty, and that determines our possible wine pairings.
Fatty food pairs well with red wines with a robust structure, as the tannins, those gritty particles that cause a drying sensation on the mouth, bind with the protein and fat molecules in the food. The reaction results in a more pleasurable bite. Wines made with Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah — all pair well with prosciutto.
Of course, you can also contrast prosciutto’s flavour with the opposite type of wine. Sparkling wine and crisp white wines made with Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc have sharp acidity that cuts through prosciutto’s fat.
Complement prosciutto with red wine or contrast it with white wine. That’s up to you. Both classic wine pairing strategies are fantastic!
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