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Pair Wild

Passalacqua pairs perfectly with wild foods because they share a key component: purity of flavor

Know the Source

Almost all our wines are vineyard designates, which means that 95% of the fruit in the bottle must come from that vineyard. You love these wines because we craft them as true, pure expressions of their source. They do not taste manipulated or mass-produced because they are not. When it comes to our winemaking, knowing the source is everything. What you taste in your glass is a result of the high-quality fruit grown in our vineyards and those we source from.
We find the same is true with food. When you begin with quality ingredients from your favorite store, farmer’s market, secret source, or garden; your finished dish has an unmatched, unique flavor. Like a vineyard-designated wine, food tastes better when you intimately know the quality of its source.

Why Pair Wild?

Not only do food and wine taste better when they come from a quality source—but being connected to that source makes the experience of eating and drinking even more fulfilling. If you’ve sought out our wines, you appreciate this and likely have a connection to, or story to tell about, our wines. Fruit from carefully selected vineyards—hand-picked and thoughtfully treated to showcase its character—translates to beautifully balanced wine. Passalacqua wines complement the purity of flavor that wild foods offer.

If you don’t gather your own, you can source wild mushrooms, wild game, and wild fish and shellfish from your market or by mail from specialty suppliers. Feel free to check out some of the sources and suppliers we like to order from.

Starting with the 2021 TR Passalacqua Cabernet Sauvignon, we have begun to share our Pair Wild recommendations on our new back labels. Look for our suggestions with each new release.

While many pairings may not surprise you, we have discovered some spectacular and unexpected combinations. In addition to our recommendations on the bottle, we will feature recipe discoveries on our website. Personal relationships have yielded wild game chefs contributing some of their favorite recipes to our site. Each recipe gives credit and a link to the original. Be sure to browse our recipe collection and check out the chefs who have contributed.

We’d love to include your favorite pairings and recipes. Submit your photos, pairing suggestions, and recipes to pairwild@passalacquawinery.com.

pair wild table with wine and game
jars with preserved mushrooms
harvest board with white wine and fish