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Wine Pairing For The Feast Of The Seven Fishes

Written and Produced by Tony Margiotta

The feast of the seven fishes is an Italian-American tradition that happens on Christmas Eve. Some of the most popular seafood dishes include Baccala, Fried Calamari, Fried Shrimp, Fried Scallops, Linguine with clams in a white garlic sauce, octopus salad and Puttanesca.

Most of the dishes are white fish or shellfish based. Very few of the dishes contain a red sauce. The ones that do like Puttanesca are very light.

So which Italian wine do we choose to pair with all of these seven fishes dishes?

I recommend a medium to full body white wine. Most Italian-Americans love their reds because we all grew up watching our grandfathers drinking red wine exclusively. But a lot has changed since then and Italy is the home of some of the best white wines in the world.

Castellucci Miano Catarratto would be an excellent choice for the feast of the seven fishes. Catarratto is a native grape of Sicily. The name is derived from a cataract waterfall, the bubbly type that tumbles over stony cliffs. When you swirl this wine in your glass, you’ll notice that the legs resemble a waterfall.

What’s so beautiful about the wine is not just it’s bright fresh citrus notes, but there is a hint of the Mediterranean Sea in the aroma. It will complement your feast like no other. An added bonus is than many red wine drinkers appreciate this wine because it’s not bitter, not sour, and not astringent like many white wines can be.

It’s a not a common wine so you can click here to see which stores in New York carry it. Some stores will ship over state lines.

If you’re looking for some great recipes for the feast of the seven fishes, Mario Batali is offering 11 amazing recipes for you. Click here to get them. Just imagine the smiling faces of your family and friends when you put together those recipes along with the Castellucci Miano Catarratto. It will make your feast a memorable experience. ​


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