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Italian Cuisine and Wine Pairing Guide

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23 May
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Mountain View Italian Restaurant Explains Wine Pairing with Italian Food

When you decide to indulge with Italian food, you have to include wine; but not just any wine. Cucina Venti is a Mountain View Italian restaurant well known for delicious Italian cuisine and wine from across the globe. Here are some of our pairing tips for choosing the best Italian dishes to complement the wine you like most.

White Wine Pairing


Chardonnay's taste relies heavily on its processing and where it's grown. Some are semi-sweet or sour, hefty or light. Varietal flavors include tangerine, apple, lemon, lime, oak, and melon. Chardonnay is popular for being paired with oil-based and cream-based sauces, but can also pair nicely with light tomato-based sauces.

Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio is a grape white wine, also referred to as Pinot Gris in some regions. It's popularly referred to as Pinot Grigio in California and Italy, while known as Pinot Gris in France and Oregon. THis wine is best paired with cream-based or oil-based sauces, though also works well with tomato-based sauces.


Riesling is the sweetest of the white wines, though some are dryer than others. This differentiation depends on where it is grown and how it is processed. For instance, the California Riesling tends to be dry with a melon flavor, while the German Rieslings have a grapefruit flavor making them more tart. This wine is best paired with cream-based and oil-based sauces.

Red Wine Pairing


Zinfandel is a deep red wine with spicy and peppery notes, as well as hints of dark cherries and berries. Just like its color, this red wine is a great match with hearty, tomato-based sauces.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a certain type of a grape with the same name. This wine has a primary flavor of black currant, but some may include blackberry and mint overtones. This wine is best paired with red tomato-based sauces to complement Cabernet Sauvignon's rich and hearty flavor.

Italian Chianti

Italian Chianti is best known for its bold color and taste, making it the perfect match for red tomato-based sauces. In some cases, it can also be paired with oil-based sauces and white sauces that are flavorful and well-seasoned.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir comes with various notes including earth, leather, jam, and vanilla. It is light-medium red in color and is best paired with red tomato-based sauces. However, Pinot Noir can also be paired with white and oil-based sauces.


This hearty red wine is the perfect match for spicy, bold Italian dishes. Sangiovese also pairs well with tomato, cream and oil-based sauces, making it a great choice for your next Italian meal!


Merlot is a mellow red wine with flavors from plum, violet, black cherry and orange. Just like its color, it pairs best with red tomato-based sauces.

Join Us Today at Cucina Venti for the Best Italian Food in Mountain View

All this talk of wine and food pairing have you hungry for the best Italian food in Mountain View? We invite you to join us at Cucina Venti, where you'll not only enjoy amazing Italian cuisine, but we'll help you pair them with the best wines, too. Click below to book your table today.
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