Wine and dine like Inspector Montalbano

26 July 2017

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. 

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

Pair The Shape of Water with Prosciutto Bruschetta and Cecilia Beretta Rosato Spumante NV.

This being the first book, sparkling wine is naturally an excellent aperitif but is also a fine companion to antipasti and starter dishes and this fruity and punchy rose perfectly complements the dried ham and milky mozzarella.
 

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August Heat

August Heat

Pair August Heat with Linguine with Clam Sauce and Soave Terre di Brognoligo Cecilia Beretta 2015.

A classical Italian dish requires a classical white wine! Light and mineral with a twist of crisp apple, this Soave make an elegant and irresistible partner for this delicate and subtly flavoured dish – much like the beautiful girl is to Montalbano.

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A Voice in the Night

A Voice in the Night

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.
 

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Blade of Light

Blade of Light

Pair Blade of Light with Pasta N’casciata alla Siciliana and Masseria dei Trullari Primitivo del Tarantino 2015.

Aubergines can be as tricky to partner with wine as this case is for the Inspector but much like him, this southern Italian red with its rustic and balsamic red fruit flavours is up to the job.
 

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The Snack Thief

The Snack Thief

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.
 

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The Potter's Field

The Potter's Field

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.
 

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