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Asparagus Impossible To Pair With Wine? Ha, Scoffs This Italian White

Asparagus, it's one of the notoriously tough foods to pair with wine. You can blame the sulfur compounds in asparagus, which make wine taste vaguely metallic.

People suggest Sauvignon Blanc. And yes, the people are right. With its herby, grassy quality and bright acidity, Sauvignon Blanc is a good go-to wine.

Grilled Parmesan Asparagus

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But before you automatically reach for a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand or something from Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé in the Loire Valley, may I introduce you to this refreshing white wine from the Veneto region of Italy?

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White Wine from Scaia Garganega and Chardonnay

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It's a friendly mash up of two grapes: Garganega, the Italian grape that makes Soave Classico, and Chardonnay, the French grape that makes white Burgundy.

Why It's So Good

It's crisp and super fresh, with just the right vegetal quality (meaning not too vegetal). It's unoaked (which always helps with asparagus) and also has a flinty little something going for it. The flavor of the wine meets the asparagus half way...and jumps right into its arms, finishing with a bright, sunshiny kiss. So refreshing.

Also, you should be able to find it for less than $15.

So grab it now, while asparagus is piled high in the grocery stores and farmers' markets!

Pair it with...

Pizza with Ham, Asparagus, and Ricotta

Pizza with Ham, Asparagus, and Ricotta

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Asparagus Quiche

Asparagus Quiche

And many more asparagus recipes.

Of course, this wine would also be great with...

Chicken Piccata

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Sole in a Lemon Caper Butter Sauce

Basically, if dinner is something you can imagine yourself eating in an outdoor cafe beside the canals of Venice, this could be the wine you want.

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