In Orvieto, the wine that bears the name of Italy’s most illustrious hill town is best known as an aperitif or starter wine with a delicate first course. However, the 2008 Palazzone Campo del Guardiano is no ordinary Orvieto. It is true that it easily doubles as an extraordinary aperitif and will accompany almost any light first course with aplomb. However, as it displays considerably more flavor and stuffing than other Orvietos, the 2008 Campo del Guardiano offers splendid accompaniment to fish, pork, lightly smoked meats, and cheeses. Grilled fish, served with a creamy cheese polenta, provides one of our favorite companions to Palazzone’s Orvieto. Sautéed scallops in a cream sauce, served with homemade pasta, lentils and peas, provide another superb pairing. And a country favorite of sautéed veal, peas, and sundried tomatoes, served with a light cream sauce over bowtie pasta, offers tasty companionship, too. For those seeking heartier fare, a thick bread and cabbage soup with a cheese crust – the kind that is served in homes and local trattorias throughout northern and central Italy – surely won’t disappoint, either. And if simple, effortless pairing is all that is in the offering, consider pairing the 2008 Campo del Guardiano with freshly cut apples, pears, and slices of mild, creamy cheeses. Buon Appetito!