Caprese salad is the quintessential taste of Italy. Made from fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes and sweet basil, it’s like the tricolore flag on a plate. This fresh and flavoursome dish is already the perfect choice for summer, but our friend Wendy from Daisies and Pie has made it even better by putting a fun, portable spin on the classic. She threads Mozzarella pearls, cherry tomatoes and basil leaves onto skewers before drizzling with balsamic glaze.
These handheld treats are perfect for picnics in the park, summer garden parties and as nibbles while firing up the barbecue. You can find the full recipe over on her blog.
It should come as no surprise that these typical ingredients pair perfectly with lots of different Italian wines. If you’re planning to serve them at your next summer party you’re spoiled for choice in terms of what you can pair them with. That said, some matches are better than others. Here are our top five Italian wines to pair with caprese salad skewers.
White Italian wines to pair with caprese salad
These elegant white wines won’t overpower the delicate flavours of a caprese salad, but they do have plenty of acidity to balance out the tomatoes. Tomatoes are highly acidic, helping to bring out the fruity and sweet flavours in the wine while reducing the perception of tartness in the wine.
Francone “Magia” Roero Arneis DOCG
This pale gold Arneis is made from extra ripe grapes so it has a rich flavour. It tastes of apricot, jasmine and elderflower, with just a hint of sweet honey to complement the sharpness of the tomatoes.
Fratelli Pardi Trebbiano Spoletino
Crisp and refreshing, this zingy white wine is packed with fresh notes of lemongrass, lime, grapefruit and rosemary. These flavours are the ideal complement to the rich and creamy Mozzarella cheese.
Siddùra Maìa Vermentino di Gallura Superiore DOCG
Lime, peach, honeysuckle and jasmine are the main flavours in this juicy white wine. Its creamy texture and full body are met by plenty of acidity, making this a well-rounded companion to your caprese salad skewers.
Red Italian wines to pair with caprese salad
Peter Zemmer Pinot Noir Rolhüt Aldo Adige DOC
This bright, high altitude Pinot Noir is ultra-elegant and packed with flavours of raspberry, blueberry and red cherry to complement the rich notes of the balsamic drizzle.
Ridolfi Rosso di Montalcino DOC
Fresh and floral, Ridolfi’s Rosso di Montalcino features delicate red fruit flavours underpinned by rich chocolate and dried red cherries. Its zingy acidity packs a punch, helping it stand up to both the balsamic glaze and juicy tomatoes.
Try our Italian wines with next day delivery
If the thought of caprese skewers with our Italian wine pairings has your mouth watering, you don’t have to wait long to try this winning combination. We offer next day delivery to most of the mainland UK, including Scotland up to Inverness. Because we have no minimum order, you can choose whichever wine you best like the sound of and have it delivered ASAP. Find out more about our free next day delivery options.