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Scallop risotto with black pudding
The black pudding in this recipe might encourage you to uncork a bottle of lighter red, but I'd be happier with a riper, weightier white such as this Greco from the Sannio region. It's rich and slightly savoury, with a spicy, white pepper-like note, attractive pear and honey fruit and a bitter twist. Very Italian, and the perfect match for the texture of the risotto and the subtle flavours of the scallops.
Shaved beetroot, radish and grapefruit salad
Vinho Verde tends to be more popular in Portugal than it is overseas, but I don't know why. When the sun's shining, there are few better wines to slate your thirst. This tangy, mineral, pear and peach-like blend of Loureiro, Arinto and Trajadura from the Quinta das Arcas is crisp, bone dry and slightly spritzy. It's great with this summer salad.