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National Pinot Grigio Day: Lemon Basil Risotto

National Pinot Grigio Day: Lemon Basil Risotto


PARTNER POST: May 26 is National Pinot Grigio Day. We’re celebrating with Cavit Wines by sharing refreshing spring and summer recipes that pair perfectly with Pinot Grigio.
This lemon basil risotto tastes so light and flavorful thanks to the citrus and fresh herbs. Pair with a cool glass of Pinot Grigio for a perfect match.

National Pinot Grigio Day: Lemon Basil Risotto

The official kick off to summer is almost here, Memorial Day weekend! To go along with this fun filled weekend is the FIRST ever NATIONAL PINOT GRIGIO DAY on May 26th. I just love Cavit Pinot Grigio it happens to be one of my favorites.

It’s light fruity and perfect for any summer gathering. Cavit Pinot Grigio was launched in the United States in 1977, and is the #1 Italian wine in America.

National Pinot Grigio Day: Lemon Basil Risotto

To pair with this delicious is Cavit Pinot Grigio is this risotto. Nice and light with the hint of lemon and basil, this is the perfect match. You can add your favorite protein or just serve it alone. It also makes a perfect side dish for the holiday weekend.

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National Pinot Grigio Day: Lemon Basil Risotto

National Pinot Grigio Day: Lemon Basil Risotto


  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 4 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 3 large basil leaves torn or julienne


  • Bring stock to a simmer in a large saucepan. Keep warm over low heat, but do not boil.
  • Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil to the pan and swirl to coat add the garlic take care not to burn it. Add the Arborio rice and salt, cook 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  • Add 1/2 cup stock; cook 1 minute or until liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently. Repeat this process with the remaining stock stirring constantly until there is 1/4 cup of stock left. About 20-25 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Stir in the 1/4 reserved remaining stock, salt, lemon juice, and parmesan cheese.
  • Top with basil leaves, lemon zest and more cheese if desired.


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