When tasked with creating The Ultimate Wine, Olive and Antipasti Pairing Guide featuring DeLallo products (just another day at the office, right?!), I pretty much jumped at the chance. If I could survive on two things alone for the rest of my life, wine and olives would be pretty high up on that list. Throw in some chocolate and I’d be in heaven. Toss in some cheese and I’m just being greedy, but a woman has needs.
What could be bad about plump and juicy olives and tasty antipasti, paired with a perfectly chilled glass of white wine? The answer is nothing, nothing is bad about that! I think what wine, olives and antipasti (and chocolate! And cheese!) all have in common is that there are so many different dimensions of flavor to each of them. On one hand, olives are pungent, salty and biting while also bringing a very round fruitfulness and pleasant medicinal note to the party. Wine has the same qualities; sometimes the first sip does not tell the whole story. Afterall, wine is alive! From year to year it changes and evolves. This commonality is what makes wine and olives the absolute perfect snack. Think of yourself in the Tuscan countryside enjoying the perfect aperitivo spread. I sadly have never had this pleasure (ahem, husband), but I have to imagine it’s pretty perfect. Whether you are living your best life in Italy or snacking on your couch in sweatpants (we are not here to judge!) olives or antipasti and wine are about as reliable of a pairing as you can get.
I’m of the mindset that you almost can’t go wrong when it comes to pairing olives and antipasti with wines, but there are definitely some matches that taste as if they were made for each other! Read on to learn about our favorite ways to pair wine with olives and antipasti and put these trusty pairings to use at your next gathering. Fair warning, your guests may never want to leave. We told you so.