Perfect Pairs

At Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts, the wine cellar of La Pergola houses more than 53,000 bottles of fine wine and champagne. Here, chief sommelier Marco Reitano (right) expertly pairs the ideal bottle of wine with some of the delectable dishes served at the three-Michelin-starred restaurant.

DISH: Fillet of John Dory with curry on a light pesto sauce, scampi, and vegetables

WINE: Cà del Bosco Chardonnay 2009

WHY IT WORKS: This dish could be paired with either a structured white or very light red wine. My choice is this intense white, able to balance the big aromas of the dish thanks to its full body, a result of barrel aging. It's interesting to experience the pairing between the hazelnut taste of the wine and the pesto sauce of the dish.

DISH: Veal filled withdried fruit and onions on stewed Treviso radicchio

WINE: Castello Banfi BelnerO 2010

WHY IT WORKS: BelnerO's flavor profile is driven by the Sangiovese grape, the emblematic varietal of Montalcino tradition, complemented with small percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The gentle aroma of the wine, accented with notes of vanilla, pairs well with the dried fruit and onions found in the dish. The wine's soft, well-balanced tannins simultaneously balance the strong, bitter taste of the radicchio.

DISH: Fillet of John Dory with curry on a light pesto sauce, scampi, and vegetables

WINE: Cà del Bosco Chardonnay 2009

WHY IT WORKS: This dish could be paired with either a structured white or very light red wine. My choice is this intense white, able to balance the big aromas of the dish thanks to its full body, a result of barrel aging. It's interesting to experience the pairing between the hazelnut taste of the wine and the pesto sauce of the dish.

DISH: Fillet of John Dory with curry on a light pesto sauce, scampi, and vegetables

WINE: Cà del Bosco Chardonnay 2009

WHY IT WORKS: This dish could be paired with either a structured white or very light red wine. My choice is this intense white, able to balance the big aromas of the dish thanks to its full body, a result of barrel aging. It's interesting to experience the pairing between the hazelnut taste of the wine and the pesto sauce of the dish.

DISH: Fillet of John Dory with curry on a light pesto sauce, scampi, and vegetables

WINE: Cà del Bosco Chardonnay 2009

WHY IT WORKS: This dish could be paired with either a structured white or very light red wine. My choice is this intense white, able to balance the big aromas of the dish thanks to its full body, a result of barrel aging. It's interesting to experience the pairing between the hazelnut taste of the wine and the pesto sauce of the dish.

DISH: Fillet of John Dory with curry on a light pesto sauce, scampi, and vegetables

WINE: Cà del Bosco Chardonnay 2009

WHY IT WORKS: This dish could be paired with either a structured white or very light red wine. My choice is this intense white, able to balance the big aromas of the dish thanks to its full body, a result of barrel aging. It's interesting to experience the pairing between the hazelnut taste of the wine and the pesto sauce of the dish.