Savvy match: Herbal Sauvignon Blanc and asparagus are a surprising and easy appetizer and wine pairing
Asparagus di Bassano con salsa di uova sode hails from Veneto – land of racy white wines – Vespaiolo, Soave and Pinot Grigio. Traditionally made with the legendary white asparagus of Bassano, I think it is just as delicious as any asparagus. Asparagus contains a sulfur compound, methyl mercaptan, which makes it a notoriously difficult food and wine pairing. Sauvignon Blanc can moderate those mercaptans, and its pronounced acidity further elevates the dish.
Although an Oregon Pinot Gris would pair well, an herbal Sauvignon Blanc tames the wildest of asparagus.