wine and truflles pairing

Which wines go well with truffles? A guide to the best pairings

After spending a lot on good truffles, pairing them with a bad wine would be a real pity. So let's find out how to create the perfect truffle and wine pairing.

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After spending a lot on good truffles, pairing them with a bad wine would be a real pity. So let's find out how to create the perfect truffle and wine pairing.
We'll start with an assumption: whether it's white or black truffle, this delicious mushroom's taste is quick and powerful. Truffle aromas range from hints of damp earth and undergrowth to eve and hazel, but what most everyone can smell is notes of gas. Truffles and wine carry strong flavors and aromas that, if not combined well, can overpower each other and prevent a full appreciation of both.

So, if you want to create a balanced pairing of truffles and wine, follow these tips:

  • Truffles do not require very aromatic wines, which can overpower their unique scents.
  • Wines combined with truffles should not be particularly acidic.
  • If you like barrel-aged wines, steer clear of labels with strong notes of vanilla.

Pairing white wines with truffles

Among white wines in particular, opt for those that complement the truffles' unique notes, such as Rhineland or Italic Riesling. You can also pair truffles with Bianco di Custoza or Verdicchio, which are characterized by slightly bitter after-notes. Finally, at least once in life, try pairing them with wines from volcanic vineyards, like the Bianchi dell'Etna.

Pairing red wines with truffles

Ideally, the red wines you pair with truffles should not be full-bodied. We recommend soft and mature wines with smooth tannins, such as Nebbiolo or Pinot Noir. 

Pairing sparkling wines with truffles

Bubbly lovers will have to resign themselves to the fact that this type of wine won't pair with truffles easily. But if you insist, we suggest choosing wines that are not too fresh and characterized by a certain softness.

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After these important but general guidelines, let's get more specific.
When finding a good truffle and wine pairing, we must first consider the type of truffle we're dealing with: white or black?
It's good to note something very important and often neglected: truffles are a concentrate of aromas, but they don't have a specific flavor. This is why it's so important to choose foods that enhance the truffle's individual characteristics.

Many argue that white truffles should be paired with white wines and black truffles with red wines. This isn't necessarily true, because the decision should not only consider the truffles, but also the type of dish prepared with them.

Wine pairing with white truffle

White truffles are generally added to "raw" dishes in very thin layers: they bring out the most flavor when combined with eggs, cheeses (especially in the form of fondue), or with first courses rich in butter. We recommend soft and fragrant wines that don't overpower the truffle's aroma, such as:

  • Dolcetto d'Alba
  • Dolcetto di Dogliani
  • Barolo
  • Pinot Nero del Friuli
  • Rosso Piceno
  • Rosso del Conero
  • Taroldego Rotaliano Trentino.

Wine pairing with black truffle

Black truffles are often added while a dish is cooking, which allows for a greater fusion between flavors and a simpler combination with wine. First courses prepared with truffles require more complex and aged wines, like the following:

  • Bordeaux
  • Pomerol
  • Saint Emilion
  • Sagrantino di Montefalco
  • Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.

If you prefer white wines, they should be elegant and fragrant, like these:

  • Muller Thurgau
  • Friulano
  • Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi
  • Trebbiano
  • Cortese di Gavi.

Finally, we'll leave you with a table to find the best pairings between delicious truffle dishes and wine.
 

DISHWINE
Tajarin (Fresh egg pasta) with white truffleBarolo, Ghemme
Eggs with black truffle (or truffle butter)Alto Adige Gewurtztraminer, Collio Ribolla Gialla
Risotto with white truffleBarbaresco, Gattinara
Gnocchi with black truffleVermentino di Gallura, Valpolicella classico