What could go better with the famous Feast of the Seven Fishes?
Many Americans will celebrate Christmas Eve with the famous Feast of the Seven Fishes. Even though the tradition has its roots in the English-speaking world, many Italians will also serve fish and seafood on Christmas Eve. It’s part of the Catholic tradition of avoiding meat, eggs, and milk on the so-called Fast or Lenten days (a tradition that stretches back to the Middle Ages and beyond).
(We know that a lot of people will be surprised to learn that the Feast of the Seven Fishes isn’t actually an Italian tradition. Our English-language blogger, Jeremy Parzen, happens to be a food and wine historian and he will tell you that the roots of the Feast of the Seven Fishes can probably be traced back to English-language cookbooks published in the U.S. in the 1980s. But that’s another story for another time!)
As you surely already know, Prosecco is the favorite wine of Venice. That’s partly due to the fact that the land where Prosecco is produced is not far from Venice (it takes about an hour or so from our winery to get to Venice and you can even see its famous bell tower in Piazza San Marco on a clear day from the hills where we grow our Prosecco). It’s also due to the fact that the Venetians eat a lot of seafood. And Prosecco is an ideal pairing for salty seafood (especially fried) and the flavors of the sea.
So what better wine to pair with the Feast of the Seven Fishes?
But Prosecco’s characteristic low alcohol and bright acidity also make it a wonderful wine to pair with a wide variety of foods. In the southeastern U.S., where a lot of people eat fried food on the holidays, Prosecco makes for a fantastic pairing. In the southwest, where people eat a lot of spicy food, the citrus flavors of Prosecco are ideal (the same way you squeeze a lime on your fish tacos!). And just think of the smoked ham that people serve across America for the holidays. Its saltiness (similarly to the saltiness of seafood) is the perfect match for Prosecco.
Happy holidays everyone and happy Feast of the Seven Fishes!