Zibibbo and its pairings
Today, we discover the best pairings for Zibibbo, a liqueur wine produced from a grape of Arab origin which was imported in the past to the Sicilian territory of Pantelleria, where its DOC denomination originated: the wine obtained from this vine is sweet, with an alcohol content ranging from 8 to 12% ABV. This wine has well-defined organoleptic characteristics, which are expressed in its intense taste and olfactory notes.
Zibibbo: a DOC liqueur wine from Pantelleria
The Zibibbo grape is originally from Egypt but was imported by the Phoenicians to Pantelleria. The vine is cultivated there today, giving rise to the production of Zibibbo liqueur wine, a delicious nectar with a distinct flavour. With the vinification of these grapes, Zibibbo IGT and Zibibbo DOC are produced: particularly famous are the Moscato di Pantelleria and the Erice, which is the result of a late harvest. Gaining UNESCO recognition in 2014 for the practice of cultivation of the Zibibbo vine sapling was very significant and important: a sign of continuity within a territory that cannot be swallowed up by globalisation. The Zibibbo grape is used not only for the production of the wine, but also for its direct consumption after the drying phase.
The RivaReno Crema Mediterranea and sweet ricotta: delicacy and intensity
The RivaReno gelato laboratory proposes a particularly refined pairing that makes our Crema Mediterranea special: a fresh gelato flavour made with an egg-based mixture and enriched with raisins from the Aeolian Islands, enhanced with a drop of sweet Zibibbo from Cantine Pellegrino. The raisins are left to macerate for 15 days in a Malvasia bath, which makes them soft and even sweeter. Come and discover this very personal reinterpretation of the Malaga flavour! We have to mention the classic sweet ricotta, used in Sicily as a filling for cannoli and many other island desserts. This is a particularly simple cream to make, but it gives life to a dessert with a full and enveloping taste.
The important properties of raisins
Raisins are a variety of grapes which undergo a specific drying process. Sometimes incorrectly called “sultanas” or more commonly “currants”, raisins boast important properties: rich in mineral salts and fibre, they promote intestinal transit. The presence of a good potassium content makes raisins a good supplement overall: potassium plays an important function in regulating blood pressure.