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    Italian Christmas Food & Wine Pairings - Baccalà & Fiano

    Italian Christmas Food & Wine Pairings - Baccalà & Fiano

    Posted on 07 December 2021

    As we head closer to Christmas, and the Christmas menus are getting primed and prepped, we're continuing to look at some fabulous Christmas recipes from up and down Italy. We're heading back to the Italian mainland this week as we look at traditional Neapolitan Baccalà In Umido paired with local Fiano Di Avellino.    

    Baccalà In Umido

    Baccalà is the Italian version of the traditional Bacalao, a salted cod dish famous across Portugal and Spain, and Scandinavia.  With many versions calling for the dish to be roasted in the oven or even grilled, it’s the “In Umido” or “Stewed” part of the recipe that gives this dish the main twist to other versions. Many regions of Southern Italy have their own take on Baccalà in Umido and it’s a very common site on Christmas dinner tables across the South.  This really is a winter warmer dish, with thick tomato sauce, salted cod, and spices and herbs from the Campania region around Naples. We’ve found a fabulous recipe online you can follow, from TasteLife. Great step-by-step instructions and a free video tutorial if you sign up for the newsletter!       

    Fiano Di Avellino

    Fiano is a white grape variety that is starting to rise in popularity, not just across other regions of Southern Italy, but now across the world with plantings in Australia, Argentina, and the USA.  But it’s Campania that can fairly claim to be Fiano’s spiritual home, especially in the vineyards around the town of Avellino, from where we get the high end and strongly flavoured Fiano Di Avellino DOCG. Top class Fiano wines can offer robust and pronounced aromas of jasmine, golden delicious apples, candied violets and a strong minerality. The palate has a refreshing acidity of fresh citrus fruits, and a snappy almond bitterness to lift the flavours through the finish.  It’s got both the body and the acidity to pair with the strongly flavoured Baccalà.  
    Our favourite Fiano Di Avellino DOCG at the minute is this sensational wine from the highly acclaimed Sabino Loffredo at Pietracupa…          
    Use the comments to let us know if you give this one a try, we’d love to know how you get on!

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