Shrimp & Fennel Risotto with Roero Arneis #WinePW
Our Wine Pairing Weekend June session is dedicated to exploring food pairings with Arneis. We have more entries than you can shake a stick at, so go find a bottle at your local wine shop and try one of our suggestions! At the bottom of this post, you can link to a dozen other great ideas from my partners in our #WinePW group.
Roero and Arneis
The Roero is a sub-region of Piemonte in northwestern Italy. It’s the red-headed stepchild of the region, seemingly condemned to live in the shadow of more famous Barolo and Barbaresco. The region lies on the “wrong” side of the Tanaro river compared to its famous neighbors. Arneis is a white wine grape and is one of the better known dry wines from the region. Arneis is grown very few places outside of Piemonte, and the best Arneis examples come from the Roero. Arneis wines balance nice aromatics with medium to full body for a white wine, yet they retain acidity; a very nice combination indeed.
Roero Wines of Matteo Corregia
For an Italian wine enthusiast, an underdog region means one thing: amazing wine at excellent values. Case in point: Matteo Correggia. I’ve had Matteo Correggia Arneis, Barbera, and Roero (Nebbiolo) wines and they have all been entirely enjoyable, good examples of their type, and accessible for people unfamiliar with Piemonte wines. Available at retail at or under $20/bottle, they are still affordable on a restaurant wine list as well!
The Correggia family were long time grape growers in the Roero, known for producing high quality grapes. In 1985, Matteo took over the family vineyard at the ripe old age of 23. Encouraged by some of the great Barolo producers to pursue making their own wine, Matteo proceeded to do so.. He is credited with personally spearheading the effort to successfully gain DOCG status for Roero wines. Sadly, he was killed in a tractor accident in 2001. His wife, Ornella, carried on in his place and today the winery continues to be a leader in the Roero.
Foods for Arneis
With medium body, moderate acid and little use of oak, Arneis pairs with a wide variety of foods. We love the cuisine of the Piemonte so much, we almost always choose a food from the region, although you shouldn’t feel limited. Risotto is a classic primo course, and a fennel flavored risotto is something you might have around now if you would be visiting the Roero. Shrimp? Never. I just had a taste for shrimp the day we were fixing the risotto, and I like to add protein done in a very simple, quick way. At the finish, my attention is on the risotto!
Matteo Correggia Roero Arneis DOCG 2012 ($18 Solo Vino Wines in St. Paul)
Eye: clear medium yellow with greenish hints
Nose: Floral nose with some rich fruit, underripe pears.
Mouth: Medium body, medium acidity, strong fruit.
Possibly higher acidity than some Arneis I’ve had. Nice!
Join the Wine Pairing Weekend Twitter Chat
Join us after the posts go live on Saturday, June 13 for a Twitter chat on Arneis food pairing. Follow the hashtag #WinePW at 10:00 am CDT. Feel free to join in the chat, even if you’re not one of the blog participants, we love more discussion! We will have some Piedmont locals tweeting along, so please leave a note with your burning Arneis wine questions. Surely you have them!
Wine Pairing Weekend #SummerOfArneis Topics:
- Esplorando Arneis con #WinePW, Drancaena Wines
- A Summer Arneis Food Pairing: BBQ Chicken in a Citrus Butter Curry Sauce, GirlsGottaDrink
- Spaghetti alla Carbonara for #SummerOfArneis #WinePW, Curious Cuisiniere
- Kale Pesto Tortellini Paired with Arneis, Cooking Chat
- Arneis through the Eyes of Malvira, Vino Travels
- Heritage Grain Risotto with Roero Arneis, Wine Pass
- Damilano Langhe Arneis Paired with Dungeness Crab and Pea Purée Crostini, Pull That Cork
- Maltagliati con Sugo dei Porri e Trotte alla Salvia, Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Italian Arneis Wine for #WinePW (yum – linguini and clam sauce!), A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Summer of Arneis on #WinePW, Rockin Red Blog
- Shrimp and Cheese Grits with Vietti Arneis, Enofylz Wine Blog
- Shrimp, Fennel, Fava Bean Pasta with Vietti Arneis, Tasting Pour
Other Great #SummerofArneis Ideas!
Here’s a photo gallery of other Arneis dishes I’ve tried, links are in the photo captions (click on any photo to view as a slide show).
My favorite risotto recipe is adapted from an excellent book on Piedmont cuisine: “A Passion for Piedmont” by Matt Kramer (of Wine Spectator). Matt spends several pages going into the history and geography of Po Valley rice and risotto, as well as discussing the importance of the dish in the area. By the time you start cooking, you’re already a risotto expert. Risotto is easy to make, but judging when it’s done takes a little practice. Nothing like the present, get busy! Risotto Advice (from “A Passion for Piedmont) Ingredients (for 4 servings, or 2 servings plus leftovers for Risotto Fritto!) Fennel Puree Risotto Shrimp Instructions Fennel Puree Risotto Shrimp
Shrimp and Fennel Risotto
My favorite risotto recipe is adapted from an excellent book on Piedmont cuisine: “A Passion for Piedmont” by Matt Kramer (of Wine Spectator). Matt spends several pages going into the history and geography of Po Valley rice and risotto, as well as discussing the importance of the dish in the area. By the time you start cooking, you’re already a risotto expert.
Risotto is easy to make, but judging when it’s done takes a little practice. Nothing like the present, get busy!
Risotto Advice (from “A Passion for Piedmont)
Ingredients (for 4 servings, or 2 servings plus leftovers for Risotto Fritto!)