Spend enough time wandering the streets of Rome and you are sure to discover one of the region’s best-known foods – the supplì. Savory and crunchy, they’re balls of crunchy fried rice filled with sauce and mozzarella. Often referred to as supplì al telefono for the long strings of melted mozzarella that form when you bite into them, the supplì make for a perfect little aperitif; but which wine best pairs with these scrumptious morsels?
Sensorial wine analyst Luca Maroni points towards an Emilian Lambrusco as the ideal pairing – in particular a Lambrusco Grasparossa Vecchio Moro from Rinaldini. This sparkling red wine is a wonderful match for this type of fried food. It has a deep impenetrable red color with a creamy froth. To the nose, it expresses hints of blackberry and ripe plum, while on the palate, it is sweetly full of grape nectar, with a finish of velvety tannins that seduce and surprise for a clean balance.