Parma Ham Shares Wine Pairing Ideas

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Perfectly Pair Parma Ham with Wine

Parma Ham Shares Wine Pairing Ideas

Although delicious on its own, Parma Ham’s full-bodied flavor optimally lends itself to the best combinations. Fresh and simple pairings like cheese, fresh melon and juicy figs come to mind, but one of the easiest pairings is Parma Ham and wine.

Pairing wine:

Parma Ham pairs well with many wines from red and white wine to sparkling, dry and fruity. With its delicate texture, it begs for a wine of equal sensitivity that balances its saltiness and complements its sweetness.

Try pairing Parma Ham with a sparkling wine like Prosecco or a Malvasia, a wine whose grapes grow in the vineyards around Parma. The bubbliness helps clear the palate and matches well with delicious fattiness of the thinly sliced pieces of Parma Ham. If regionals wines are not available, both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio are good substitutes.

Parma Ham also pairs well with wines that have a touch of sweetness, plenty of acidity and a bold fruitiness. Local Italian wines like Lambrusco are perfect, but Moscato and Rosé are great fruity wines, too.

As a rule of thumb, wine with really heavy tannins should be avoided, as the salt can make the tannins taste sour. Similarly, overly sweet wines should not be considered, as they cancel out the natural sweetness in Parma Ham.

Making the perfect Italian aperitif:

When hosting a dinner at home, it is a good idea to serve an aperitif to whet the appetite. A charcuterie board with wine is an easy and delectable option to serve to guests. Choose products from the same region if possible, and make sure to include cured meats, cheeses, something sweet and some bread for a winning combination. To make the perfect Italian aperitif:

1. Take a wooden board and fill it with slices of Parma Ham.
2. Pair it with a less salty cheese, so the two flavours complement each other, like Parmigiano Reggiano or Tallegio.
3. Choose some fresh seasonal fruits or olives.
4. After, add some nuts such as walnuts, pistachios, or almonds.
5. Include some bread like ciabatta, breadsticks or crackers.
6. To finish, choose a delicious wine to pair with Parma Ham.

To add a creative touch to the aperitif, wrap Parma Ham aroung breadsticks or add a small bowl with some olive oil in it.

About Parma Ham

Parma Ham is a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product and is 100% natural. The drying process that Parma Ham goes through creates a ham that is very low in fat content, with many mineral salts, vitamins, antioxidants and easily digestible proteins. This means that Parma Ham is truly a food for everyone.

Prosciutto di Parma is produced in the hills surrounding the Italian town of Parma.

The unique taste of Parma Ham is dependent on the traditional production process passed down from Roman times, carefully controlled by the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma. Only hams that have passed stringent curing regulations approved by the EU can be awarded the stamp of the Ducal crown – a five pointed coronet logo with PARMA in the centre which is branded onto the ham’s skin. The Ducal Crown is now a certification trademark.

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Editor’s Note:

If you would like to receive more information about Prosciutto di Parma, please contact Georgie Hackett at at +44 (0)20 7389 9404 or email g.hackett(at)

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