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Let's pair wines with truffle-based dishes

October 19, 2016

To be a gourmet you don’t necessarily have to be a good cook. Fortunately there are restaurants that help us satisfy our gluttonous needs.

If you’re a wine and truffles lover then this article is just what you’re looking for and you too, during this season of the year, will feel like a real chef.

In autumn, the undisputed gold in the Langhe region, is the White Truffle from Alba. If we’re lucky enough to find some or if we’re spenders and buy some, then we’re in business.

Yes, because it’s this appetizing underground mushroom which, in addition to delighting us, will give us enormous satisfaction in our home kitchen.

Food with truffles

Here’s the good news: the dishes that can be paired with truffles are very simple. Even basic actually, both in taste and to cook.

The less elaborate the recipe is that we choose, the more we will be able to savor the truffle’s intense and unique taste.

And so even we, who are not that great in the kitchen, can be proud of giving our guests a unique experience.

Pairing wine and truffles

Red Wine

Red Wine

Before mentioning some dishes with truffles, I would like to make an important premise regarding wine-pairing.

I’ll begin by saying that there are no pairings with wine and truffles. It’s very important to choose the wine based on the dish which you’ll be serving at the table. This is because truffles are considered a condiment.

Ideally however, we should choose a red wine, slightly tannic and not too structured so as to avoid covering the truffle’s taste. But there’s no rule that says a white wine couldn’t be an excellent choice.

Wine & Food pairings

Tajarin (fettuccine) with truffles

Tajarin (fettuccine) with truffles

Let’s now move on to the delicious and fun part.

Let’s talk about which dishes are ideal for pairing with truffles and the selection of wines to accompany the dishes.

Ready to exult with joy over how easy they are to prepare and how good they taste?

A classic is fried eggs to be paired with a Chardonnay, raw meat sliced with a knife or a plate of tajarin (fettuccine), made only with butter, to be enjoyed with a nice Dolcetto.

And there’s also potato dumplings with butter or a fondue whose heat will enhance the truffle’s aroma. Both to be paired with an intense and spicy Pelaverga.

Let’s now have a look at dishes to be paired with the more nobler wines.

A classic Piedmont white risotto is perfect with a Nebbiolo del Roero, while I suggest you try an Alta Langa Metodo Classico with a Caesar’s mushroom salad.

An excellent impression is guaranteed

Preserving truffles

White truffles must be eaten fresh, so i suggest you savor them within a few days, at the most, after buying them.

You can either wrap them in a cloth and store them in an airtight jar or you can keep them in a rice jar, in the refrigerator.

The preserving results are the same, but if you decide to place it in the rice, once the truffle is finished, you can cook a risotto and have fond memories of its superb taste.

When to buy truffles

Langhe - Truffles hunting

Truffles hunting

And finally let’s say a few words regarding purchasing the White Truffle from Alba.

The best time of the year to buy this prestigious mushroom is from November to December due to the excellent climatic conditions which favor its perfect maturation.

Furthermore, since production increases during this time of year, there’s also a slight decrease in their price.

Keep these precious suggestions in mind and remember: truffles aren’t that easy to find (unless of course you pass by the Fair). The wines, on the other hand, can be purchased by a simple click and have them delivered directly to your home. See the selection.