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Santa Margherita: My Favorite Pinot Grigio #ItalianFWT

Pinot Grigio hasn't always been the dry, unpigmented wines we typically see today. In Friuli, Pinot Grigio grapes were historically crushed and the skin allowed to macerate with the juice. That could lend a toothiness and a tell-tale color to the wine. 'Ramato' means coppered in Italian and refers to this delicious copper-hued Italian farmhouse style wine.

Ramati has been produced in the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region of Italy where Pinot Grigio has been grown for hundreds of years it's the Italian name for Pinot Gris, a mutated varietal from white Pinot grapes. And while this type of wine is tied to the Friuli region, the style is made in other parts of Italy and enjoying an emergence in other parts of the world."
 with Camilla M. Mann.

I'll never forget my first taste of Santa Margharita Pinot Grigio.  We were out with friends, and our waiter asked me what I wanted to drink with my pasta. I told him I didn't care, and he stepped back, shocked. I looked up at him and smiled, and said, "what do you recommend?"  That small encounter changed my life in a dramatic way.  I had my first sip, and fell in love, and have been in love with the wine ever since.

A glass of pinot grigio wine with a beautiful creamy scallop dish

This month, when our host Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla announced that our theme would include Pinot Grigio, I knew what I was going to post about.  In fact, she helped me with my title which was perfect for this blog.  Our group from #ItalianFWT (food wine travel) is looking closely at Romato wines, which includes a Pinot Grigio fermented with the skins on.

While I adore sipping the Santa Margherita, it is wonderful with food.  My husband brought up a bottle of Santa Margherita when I told him that a Pinot Grigio was coming up for #ItalianFWT.  He smiled as he handed it to me and we both said, "Scallops?" 

A creamy scallop dish with a glass of pinot grigio wine

The dish we made was Creamy Scallops with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes. This is a rich and decadent meal that we make once or twice a year.  It is special but we always have it when we need to be spoiled, not on a special occasion.  The cream coats the scallops and the vegetables add depth and bulk. Do you have a dish like that? 

Creamy scallops with a glass of pale yellow pinot grigio.

Let me give you some specifics on the wine.  It has a light straw yellow color, a clean and fresh aroma, and a golden apple taste.  It is beautiful with seafood, but also fresh cheese, and pasta dishes.  We like it in our Reidel glasses, the tulip-shaped one that intensifies the nose.  You can save this wine, but only for a couple of years because it is best when fresh.

The best part of being a part of these wine groups are learning from these outstanding wine bloggers. Checkout all the articles on Ramato wines.

Here is the recipe we made to go along with this wine and it was FABULOUS.  You have to try it.  Aldi has frozen scallops for an outstanding price and they are delicious. 

Creamy Scallops with Spinach and Sundried Tomatoes
Terri Steffes
Prep time
10 Min
Cook time
15 Min
Total time
25 Min

Creamy Scallops with Spinach and Sundried Tomatoes

These creamy scallops are infused with delicious roasted garlic and delicious spinach and sun-dried tomatoes


  • 3 Tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 pound frozen scallops, defrosted
  • 3 cloves garlic, roasted
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan
  • 1 cup spinach, stemmed
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • Black pepper


  1. Heat 1 T of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Pat the scallops dry and sear for 3minutes until golden brown.  Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Add the cream, broth, garlic, and parmesan cheese.  Mash the garlic in the pan and whisk it until it thickens. Add spinach and tomatoes.  Add the scallops back to the pan.
  3. Sprinkle with black pepper.


Serve over pasta or with Italian bread toasted.

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  1. Oh my gosh your dish looks gorgeous! I've made something similar before with chicken but I am definitely going to try it with scallops. Yum!

  2. I can't wait to try this scallop recipe. I won't wait for a special occasion. I will just spoil us as you recommend. Thanks Terri.

  3. I am SO happy that you joined in the fun and games. I have had this wine...a long time ago. Can't wait to try it, and your dish, again.

  4. Love your 'rich and decadent' dish Terri. Since I have some shrimp on hand, I might try it with this substitution. Delish!

  5. Scallops are one of my all time favourite seafood and this dish looks spectacular! I can't wait to try it! Thanks Terri!

  6. The scallop dish looks just lovely. It looks like we were on the same page with those as a pairing.


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