Wine and dine like Inspector Montalbano
To celebrate the new, beautifully designed Inspector Montalbano books, our friends at Corney & Barrow have been inspired and selected some delicious wines along with a classic Italian dish for each book.
At over 230 years old, Corney & Barrow is one of the longest established Independent Wine Merchants in the UK who aim to offer carefully-selected, honestly-priced wines that not only deliver quality and value for money, but also a sense of place.
With these perfect pairings below, you too can eat and drink like the famous Inspector.
Pair A Voice in the Night with Rabbit cacciatore and La Tunella Pinot Nero.
Lighter reds such as Pinot Nero (better known as Pinot Noir) are perfect for milder game dishes such as rabbit, and much like the mafia, La Tunella is an all-family affair.
Pair The Snack Thief with Pasta e Broccoli and Il Carretto Bianco.
Just like Inspector Montalbano has to unlock the link between the two murders so has the creators of this dish, as Broccoli can clash with wine if not cooked for long enough, and our unfussy, zesty Puglian white Il Carretto Bianco is the ideal candidate to let this simple dish sing.
Pair The Potter's Field with Arancini and Pecorino Roccastella.
The high acidity and power of this complex Umbrian white (almost as white as the field of clay at the crime scene) is a great partner for these nutty, cheesy rice balls that are such a staple of Sicilian street food as well as another favourite of the local mafia.