Wine Pairings for Parmigiano

Parmigiano is a cheese that is typically grated on pasta or other tasty dishes of Italian cuisine. But as it is a cheese that can also be enjoyed on its own, here are some wine pairings for Parmigiano that you really should try!

HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT PAIRING?

Parmigiano Reggiano goes well with many different wines. But how to choose the right one?? By distinguishing the ageing of the cheese.

Parmigiano Reggiano is produced exclusively in some areas of Emilia Romagna. It is a raw cheese, made with cow’s milk, produced without the use of preservatives and additives, it is rather crumbly and grainy and aged with a duration ranging from 12 months to over 40 months. This last aspect is especially important for the purposes of finding the right wine pairings for Parmigiano because the characteristics of the cheese vary as the ageing goes on.

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WINE PAIRINGS FOR PARMIGIANO OF 12-18 MONTHS 

Parmigiano Reggiano aged cheese 16 months is an ideal cheese to be eaten in flakes as an aperitif. When it is young it has hints that recall milk with vegetal notes such as grass, boiled vegetables, and sometimes flowers and fruit. In this case, the recommended combination is with classic method sparkling wines or accompanied with a dry white wine. 

To stay in the theme with Emilia Romagna products, we suggest Albana Metodo Classico Brut, a dry and elegant wine, of great finesse and harmony.

 

24-30 MONTHS OLD PARMIGIANO WINE PAIRINGS

Parmigiano Reggiano aged cheese 26/28 months is the most widely used for its versatility in different traditional and original recipes. With the prolongation of the aging, the Parmesan becomes more and more crumbly and grainy and the complexity increases.

As for the wine pairings for this Parmigiano we recommend combining it with a young red wine like Morellino or a full-bodied red wine like Chianti Classico DOCG.

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Of course, if Parmigiano is added to a dish, instead of eating on its own, the structure of the dish has to be taken into consideration. The general rule is still the same: with delicate courses, like first courses such as soups or pasta, a less structured red wine is preferable, while for more important courses such as meat you can also uncork a full-bodied red wine.

WINE PAIRINGS FOR OVER 30 MONTHS OLD PARMIGIANO

Parmigiano Reggiano Riserva 3 years or even Parmigiano Reggiano Riserva 7 years are dry and crumbly cheeses. The extra-aged version of Parmigiano increases the compactness of the paste and concentrates flavours and aromas, especially of dried fruit and spices. The wines that can enhance maturation of three years or more are certainly the important reds, rich in softness and alcohol. The more aged a Parmigiano Reggiano is, the more the wine to pair it must be full-bodied and structured. 

In this case, we suggest a classic pairing with a Barbera d’Asti Superiore DOCG or a Barolo DOCG.