The scent of Christmas is a sweet scent: of candied and chocolate, dates and dried fruit, ginger and honey. All perfumes that can be found in a glass.
The culmination of the party for many comes at the end of the meal: dessert, panettone or pandoro, without forgetting the many specialties of the Italian regional tradition, is loved and awaited by young and old. Ruining the grand final but it can be too easy: just choose a wrong bottle. How to be sure to match the right wine with panettone?
Obviously, in the first place it is always a matter of taste. However, some principles can be kept in mind. First of all, one must dispel a myth: that of dry sparkling wine with dessert. it is in fact a choice to avoid, to give preference to sweet wines. These can be sparkling, naturally, perfect to keep the festive atmosphere intact. But you can also offer still, sweet wines, and even dare to approach the panettone with grappa, liqueurs and spirits. The connoisseurs, then, can guide the choice by evaluating the type of dessert, in particular the presence or not of candied fruit, fillings or chocolate. For everyone else, very simply, sweetness will call sweetness: that of wine as that of gifts and good wishes.
We must also remember that, in addition to wine, you can choose other drinks: from grappa to the vermouth, up to the most tantalizing cocktail and a relaxing one fragrant tea.
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Villa Sandi Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Rive of San Pietro di Barbozza Dry
In the hills from Valdobbiadene to Conegliano, the "riva" is a steep terrain: traditionally the most prized vineyard. Shores of San Pietro di Barbozza is produced with grapes from a high hill vineyard with an extraordinarily sunny position, happy for its position and microclimate. Proposed in the dry version, pleasantly soft and mellow, it is the perfect companion of dried desserts, leavened and fruit pies Price: euro 12
11 Primitive Rows Of Natural Sweet Manduria D.0.C.G. San Marzano cellars
From dried grapes from very old rows, an intense ruby red wine with garnet hues; the scent is persistent and complex, with notes reminiscent of cherry jam, dried figs and spices. Enveloping and honeyed, it can be sipped alone or combined with baked desserts and cheeses. Price: 15 euros
Villa Montepaldi Vin Santo Del Chianti Classic DOC Dean
Persuasive and enveloping, perfumed of dried fruit and spices, it comes from Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes left to wither. Price: 20 euros
Diplomatic Suite Case Pack
The special edition of Rum Diplomático for Christmas 2018 holds a bottle of Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva inside a metallic case with gold trim. A unique and balanced rum, with hints of caramel, orange, maple syrup and licorice. Price: € 50.00
Fattoria Le Pupille Solalto
Made in small quantities (about 15,000 bottles in 0.375 l format) and only in the best vintages, Solalto comes from selected rows of Fattoria Le Pupille, when autumn brings with it the so-called "noble rot" that starts dehydrating the grapes of Semillon, Traminer and Sauvignon Blanc thus concentrating aromas and sugars. The result is a dessert wine with notes of candied fruit, ripe figs and dates, which maintains the fresh acidity of its grapes. Price: 15 euros
Orsogna Winery Malverno
From Montepulciano and Merlot grapes, the company's flagship product is born: ruby red in color with violet touches, slightly spicy, scents of ripe red fruit and black cherry jam. On the palate it is soft and intense with a slightly almond finish, of great structure. Perfect with a homemade panettone with chocolate. Prices starting from 24 euros
Poli Grappa of the Museum 25 years
Produced in a limited edition to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Grappa Museum in Bassano, it derives from a special selection of the 25 best lots kept in the underground cellars of the Poli Distilleries. Distinctive traits include the aroma of dark chocolate, raisins and toasted hazelnuts and the generous and harmonious taste. Price: 54 euros
Speri Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG La Roggia
Garnet red in color, the nose offers enveloping hints of raisin, violet and jam. On the palate it is warm and velvety, intense and full. Price: € 39.50
Count Vistarino Oltrepò Pavese Blood of Giuda DOC Costiolo
The most typical dessert wine from the Oltrepò Pavese. Cuvée of Croatina and Uva Rara grown on the "costolo", ie the top of a hill, is a delicately sweet wine in which the sun-ripened sugars are tamed by the natural acidity and the typical floral scent. Price: 7-9 euros
Quaquarini Oltrepò Pavese Sangue di Giuda DOC
Lively, sweet, with an intense and intriguing aroma and taste, it goes perfectly with all traditional desserts and fresh and dried fruit. Price: euro 7
Podere Luigi Einaudi Moscato D'Asti DOCG
Sweet, straw-yellow and sweet, pleasantly aromatic, it is the convivial wine par excellence, perfect to combine with desserts, like panettone and pandoro.Price: 10 €
A cocktail played on floral scents and citrus notes is the proposal signed by Andrea Paci, tender bar and manager of Lo Scalo di Como: the "Shy Punch" is prepared with gin with green tea infusion, lavender syrup from Lake Como, lime juice, orange and bitter mandarin, bitter to the tonic, essence of black pepper. Also to be tried is the creation of Ivan Patruno, bar manager of the Bulk cocktail bar at the Hotel Viu in Milan, based on tonic water, orange peel and ginger.
Di Majo Norante Royal Muscat of Molise DOC Apianae
The pale golden yellow color, with light amber reflections, anticipates the freshness and intensity of the perfume, characterized by hints of orange blossom and orange blossom honey. Ample and rich, preserves the taste of Muscat.Price: € 17.50
Capetta Asti DOCG
From the company of Santo Stefano Belbo, the sweet sparkling wine par excellence. The pleasant fine and persistent perlage and the delicate and aromatic taste make it perfect at the end of the meal, with fresh fruit and desserts, but also for the classic toast.Price: 5,50 Euro
Collalto Violette Rosé Extra Dry Sparkling Wine
From Manzoni Moscato grapes a sparkling wine that enchants with its color that refers to the pink peony. The thick foam, the bright and thin bubbles, the scent of rose, linden flowers and berries: everything speaks of joy. In the mouth it is harmonious and refreshing, and the versatility in the combinations is its distinctive trait. Price: 7 euros
Valdo Cuvée Viviana Valdobbiadene Superiore of Cartizze DOCG Dry
It was born in the DOCG Cru and is produced with the Charmat method: amiable and elegant, it has a velvety, spicy and fruity scent that conquers even before its sweetness.
Ferrari Demi-Sec Trentodoc
A fresh scent of ripe apple and flowers anticipates a clean, harmonious and round taste. Indicative price: 14.90 euros
Water of Aron Idromiele 2015
An ancient recipe of the Ferrara family of Furci Siculo, in the province of Messina, and the passion of the beekeeper Rosario Ferrara are the first ingredients of this preparation, together with the honey of millefiori: this is fermented in water. It follows an aging of at least 2 years in barriques to obtain a golden hydromiel, intensely scented with orange blossom and lemon, delicate on the palate.
Donnafugata Ben Ryè
Complex and enveloping, the taste is harmonically sweet, soft and fresh. The nose offers intense notes of apricot and peach, sweet sensations of dried figs and honey, aromatic herbs, mineral notes. Indicative price: 50 euros
Villa Matilde Eleusi Falanghina Roccamonfina PGI Passito
Made from pure Falanghina grapes, it is an amber colored wine, embellished with golden reflections. Very perfumed and velvety, it is perfect not only with panettone, but also with almond paste desserts, with blue cheeses and with foie gras. Indicative price: 28 euros
Vermuth Fred Jerbis
A Friulian vermuth that is making people talk about themselves. Federico Cremasco, a barman and enthusiast of Polcenigo, in the province of Pordenone, has created Fred Jerbis, the brand of gin, vermouth and bitter made with Carnia herbs and ingredients made in Italy. In a few years they have become a phenomenon for enthusiasts. With their three bottles blend a perfect Negroni, to serve the panettone after a meal, perfect a vermouth, with ice and orange zest.
Travaglino Golden Moscato sparkling
This fragrant nectar of sage and peach is born in the Oltrepò, obtained exclusively from white muscat grapes. With a gradation of 5.5 °, it is a companion to all confectionery.
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Passito "Tordiruta"
The Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Passito "Tordiruta" is produced from grapes harvested at late ripening by selecting the best bunches. The harvest is manual and the grapes with noble molds are left to dry on racks for 3 months. The fermentation takes place in barrique and lasts about a month; it follows the refinement in barriques for 12 months and the aging in bottle for a year.
Oddero Moscato d'Asti DOCG Cascina Fiori
Young, fresh, light, but above all fragrant, of mandarin and sage, of peach and of flowers: it is the ideal companion for all the sweets of the Christmas tradition. Indicative price: 11.20 euros
Prime Gold Grapes
The candied citrus fruits of the panettone blend perfectly with the fruity and floral notes of this original distillate, which comes from precious white grapes from the hills, picked when ripe and processed according to an exclusive method.
Na'jm Malvasia delle Lipari PDO Passito di Salina Cantine Colosi
The name in Arabic means "sweet with grace, and so is its taste, structured and balanced. The nose gives intense notes of fresh fruit, apricot and fig, followed by floral sensations of jasmine.
Feudo Luparello Moscato Passito di Noto DOC
The honeyed scent and warm taste are a hymn to his homeland.
Lungarotti Torgiano Vin Santo DOC
The amber white color lights up in the glass with golden reflections. Intense aroma, sweet and refined taste.
Marzemino passito M from Cantina San Michele Monte Netto
Red, sweet and fragrant: ideal to taste alone, it is enhanced in combination with panettone. Indicative price: 27 euros
Damman Fréres Noël tea in Prague
The sensory characteristics of this type of black tea make it the perfect match with a traditional dessert like panettone. Raisins and candied fruit blend perfectly with the floral notes of Noël à Prague, while the typical aromas of this special tea envelop the sense of smell and taste with sweet notes such as caramel, dried plum, essence of vodka and chocolate. At a first sip, it strikes the scent of clementine, perfect together with citrus candies of traditional panettone.
Silvio Nardi Vin Santo Sant'Antimo DOC Eye of Partridge
From the hills of Montalcino a velvety wine, with an amber color and an intense aroma, with notes of apricot and hazelnut. Indicative price: 32 euros
Amaro Nonino Quintessentia®
Prepared according to an ancient recipe, it stands out for its elegant herbal scent, enhanced by the use of ÙE® Grape Distillate aged in barriques. Indicative price: 22 euros
Venturini Baldini Graniers Malvasia Hills of Scandiano and Canossa DOP
With its pleasant scent of jasmine and sage it is the perfect match for a traditional, simple panettone, without creams or icings. Bright yellow in color, in the mouth it is harmonious and moderately dry, also suitable to approach cheeses or to be served as an aperitif. Indicative price: 8.80 euros
Terminum Gewurztraminer late harvest
Deep golden yellow, it gives off an intense aroma of apricot, peach, honey and orange peel. In the mouth it gives intense sensations, with aromas of caramel, ripe fruit and spices, maintaining a perfect balance between freshness and sweetness.
From the hills of Breganzesi, a nectar with a brilliant golden color and an inebriating aroma of honey, flowers and vanilla. The taste is sweet, full and balanced: perfect with pastry and cheese, as well as with panettone.
Tenuta Fertuna Vermouth Etrusco Nero
The scent, warm and enveloping, balsamic and resin, is that of herbs and spices used to flavor ruby red wine: wormwood, laurel, mace, vanilla, ginger, coriander, juniper, rosebuds, just to name a few. A mix that is found on the palate and that makes this vermouth suitable to marry not only with panettone, but also with chocolate or cheese.
Cleto Chiarli "Centenario" Lambrusco Grasparossa of Castelvetro DOC Amabile
Soft and fragrant, it contains all the aromas of the starting grape. Pleasant and engaging, it goes well with all the typical dishes of Emilia and is, of course, a perfect dessert wine, an excellent companion of the traditional panettone.
Kaltern Quintessenz Passito
Obtained from yellow Muscat, this amber nectar smells of honey and exotic fruit. Indicative price: 35 euros
Grappa Nonino Grape Harvest Reserve Aged 18 months in Barriques
The artisanal distillation discontinuous in exclusive steam stills, the aging of 18 months in barriques of Limousin and ex-Sherry make this product unique. Perfect for pairing with panettone and chocolate.
Peyrot Liqueur de Poire Williams Cognac
Very perfumed, also excellent as an aperitif if served with crushed ice. The liqueur is obtained from the "assemblage" of Cognac 1er Cru Grande Champagne, natural aroma of pears Williams, sugar syrup and distilled water. 14 kilos of pears are needed to produce a 70 cl Liqueur Poire au Cognac.
Limoncello Villa Massa
Produced exclusively using the Sorrento Oval lemon, without the addition of aromas or preservatives and based on an ancient family recipe dating back to 1890. The scent is unmistakable.
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