You will no doubt find someone who insists that you have to drink a white wine from the 'Castelli Romani' if you are eating fresh fava beans and pecorino romano cheese on a spring afternoon under a grape arbor in one of the comfortable little restaurants just south of Rome on the Via Appia. I would probably agree with them... local wines and local specialties often seem to enjoy a special relationship.
The reality is that your own enjoyment is the overriding factor when choosing a wine - especially with the simple dishes presented on these pages. Red or white, simple or expensive, let your palate be the judge.
It can be fun to match wines from an area with a dish from an area - a Tuscan Chianti with pappardella al lepre, for example, or a white wine from Sicily with a white seafood sauce.
Experiment, and enjoy!†
GOOD INFO LINKS
FOOD AND WINE PAIRING (MATCHING)
DETAILED INFORMATION ON WINES, GRAPES, ETC.
GREAT SITE FOR VARIETALS
SOME BOOKS ON ITALIAN WINE FROM AMAZON
Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy - Bastianich
NEW: Surveys the countryís wine-producing regions; identifies key wine styles, producers, and vintages; and offers delicious regional recipes. From Amazon.
Italian Wines 2006
Wines of Italy - Burton Anderson
Hugh Johnson's Tuscany and Its Wine
Italian Wines 2000 by Gambero Rosso, et al
Wine & Cheese of Italy by Paolo Scotto
A Traveller's Wine Guide to Italy by Stephen Hobley, et al
Barolo to Valpolicella : The Wines of Northern Italy by Nicolas Belfrage
The Dictionary of Italian Food and Drink : An A-To-Z Guide by John F. Mariani
Wine Varietals from CNN