The Italian Pantry: Wine

Wine is probably the drink most people associate with the Italian culture. While many cooking shows show wine being added to Italian food, e.g. tomato sauce/gravy, neither side of my family added wine to their cooking. My grandmother said Sicilians used Marsala in their cooking, which makes sense because it comes from there. But we didn’t. We drank wine that was made by someone in the family.

What is it used for? Wine is used for drinking and sometimes cooking.  We drink wine (mostly red) with our Sunday dinner or a big meal. In summer, we cut up peaches and soak them in red wine for a snack/dessert.

–Dina Di Maio


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