For foreign guests, salami is a familiar food paired with wine. But in Vietnam, except for wine connoisseurs, those who are just starting to love the taste of wine, especially the wines sold at Sanh Vang, are often confused about salami. So today True Wine will synthesize extremely interesting knowledge about wine with salami.
Salami from the outside looks very similar to sausages sold a lot in Vietnam. But, salami is a type of sausage that originated in Italy. This type of sausage has been around for a very long time. Many studies show that salami predates Ancient Rome.
What is Italian sausage, you ask? Well, Italian sausage (Or salame, as it is called in Italy) has been around for a very long time. Okay, maybe not forever, but its history is believed to predate ancient Rome.
Basically, salami is made from pork. All pork is finely minced and combined with a generous amount of the finest quality lard. Because believe it or not, there is a high-quality fat that many people don’t even know about. This fine white fat blends well with the salami and will stick very tightly together when slicing. Each person will have a different taste and way of eating, Vang San knows there are many guests who like to separate the fat from the meat, but the salami will be fuller and full of flavor than ever if you eat a whole slice of salami, and not separate the fat. If you can’t eat the fat in the salami, that’s okay, you can separate the fat and have a completely separate experience.
Does salami need to be prepared before eating?
This also depends on your preferences. Salami (dried Italian sausage) is something you’ll see hanging from a hook when you enter a butcher’s shop and doesn’t require any pre-processing. The shelf life of salami is quite long, thanks to its preservatives, antioxidants and low water activity. As long as you keep the salami in the right conditions and store it in a cool and dark place, it helps to keep the flavor for a long time. However, it will eventually degrade and lose flavor due to rancidity, but it is believed that adding coriander as a seasoning will help delay rancidity for a longer period of time.
Another type of salami is Salame cotto (usually found in the Piedmont region of Italy) which is an Italian sausage that is usually cooked or smoked before being served. The purpose of cooking is to increase the flavor, making the dish more sophisticated and interesting.
And here’s a fun fact: salami is mostly eaten uncooked, meaning you can slice salami and enjoy it with wine. However, this is not eating raw, as salami is neither a raw food nor a fully cooked food. In essence, salami resembles cheese. Salami has to go through three main stages: preparation, fermentation and drying.
Three types of Salami and wine with salami make the perfect meal
Meat-loving guests always use salami in every wine party. And Confectionery offers you some salami wine pairings guided by award-winning chef Jamie Bissonnette James Beard, co-owner of Toro, Coppa and Little Donkey restaurants in Boston and New York City. York, and author of The Charcuterie Cookbook (Page Street Publishing, 2014). Here’s what to drink with four popular varieties (available at murrayscheese.com).
Commonly known as finocchiona in Italian, this dish comes from Tuscany and is made with cumin seeds, dill liqueur, or both. Many guests prefer to use Riesling wines with high acidity, low alcohol. It helps to balance the sweet, plant and herbaceous flavors of dill.
This spicy sausage dish originated in Spain, made from Iberico pork and marinated with smoked paprika. This Chorizo Iberico sausage has a delightfully complex contrast between fatty and spicy. Can be served with a few Marcona almonds. Pairing wine with this type of salami is simple, you just need to use Argentine red wine.
This dish is usually made from a mixture of pork and beef, accompanied by red wine and lots of garlic. Many Italian whites like to drink Loire (France) wines with this meat. However, if you are a big fan of Argentinian red wines then this will be the perfect combination of salty and sweet flavors. The wine party becomes vibrant, perfect and wonderful again thanks to the right combination of wine and salami.
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