Pairing Organic Food and Biodynamic Wine in San Diego

June 12, 2018

It would be cataclysmic to serve organic food without pairing it with Biodynamic Wine in San Diego. The demand for “organic” is on the rise making it the fastest growing sector of the food industry. Ambrogio15 meets the demand to serve organic food, not because it’s trendy but rather for the quality.

Some of our dishes call for fresh vegetables that are locally sourced and always organic. However, the majority of our products are imported from Italy, including our cold pressed Sicilian extra virgin olive oil and Aceto Balsamico di Modena (DOP certified balsamic vinegar). Delicious organic food deserves to be paired with clean and tenacious wine, and that’s why we are a leading carrier of Biodynamic Wine in San Diego.

DOP Certified Food and Biodynamic Wine in San Diego

For some restaurateurs it’s a big undertaking to commit to serving only organic food. Due to their lack of preservatives and pesticides, organic foods don’t keep as long and are expensive. When the founders of Ambrogio15 spent a year planning their restaurant debut, they knew that the organic path was the only viable option. They took this ambition a step further by incorporating DOP foods and one of the best selections of Biodynamic Wine in San Diego.

In short DOP means “Protected Destination of Origin” as abbreviated from the Italian phrase Denominazione di Origine Protetta. This label is recognized throughout the European Union and symbolizes that a product was grown, produced, and packaged using traditional methods in a specified place.


Destination of Origin: The San Marzano Tomato Explanation

If DOP seems like yet another confusing “health trend” term, consider the San Marzano tomato. These low-acid, sweet and tender tomatoes are a staple in Italian cooking. If you ever seen a recipe for authentic Italian marinara sauce it likely calls for a can or two of San Marzano tomatoes. All of their lovely traits, like being easy to peel and having a low seed count have to do with agriculture. San Marzano tomatoes were first grown in the rich volcanic soil near Mount Vesuvius.

As of the 18th century, it’s the small town of San Marzano (outside of Naples) that is the tomatoes’ namesake home. In San Marzano, these delicate gems are hand-picked exclusively during the months of August and September. The geographical location, soil, water, and harvest all play a part in what makes a San Marzano tomato just that. In order to be a DOP certified San Marzano tomato, a strict set of rules including meeting the criterium of the aforementioned must be adhered to.

Pairing Italian Classic and Biodynamic Wine in San Diego

With great food comes great wine. At Amrbogio15, gourmet organic foods call for exceptional wines. Staying true to our roots, we carry classic Italian wines such as Chianti, Sangiovese and Pinot Grigio. A Chianti, for example, pairs nicely with Margherita Pizza made with DOP certified San Marzano tomato, mozzarella fi ordilatte, and fresh basil. Pinot Grigio, on the other hand, might find its mate in the Insalata Siciliana featuring sliced oranges, fennel, and onion dressed in an orange vinaigrette, topped with Italian mixed olives and berries.

Many of our wines are made in a natural, holistic, and scientific manner giving guests an opportunity to try different kinds of biodynamic wine in San Diego. Biodynamic wines are made from grapes that have fermented naturally without adding sulfur, calcium carbonate, Dimethyl Dicarbonate. If you’re not sure which wine to choose, let us help! Our knowledgeable staff can recommend food and wine pairings and introduce you to the best selection of Biodynamic Wine in San Diego.

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