High in the mountains of Northeastern Italy, in the hills surrounding Lake Garda, you\u2019ll find premium, traditional method sparkling wines made primarily from Chardonnay and Pinot Nero. As these wines start appearing on more shelves stateside, you might want to get to know the area a little better.\r\n\r\nOne way to do that at home is through its cuisine. Formerly part of the Austrian empire, Trento has a unique culinary style that\u2019s part German, part Italian and completely complementary to the elegant wines of the region.\r\n\r\nRead on to learn about a few signature dishes and why they work so well with local bottlings.\r\n\r\n\r\nGnocchi di Patate alla Trentina\r\nLittle potato dumplings or canederli dumplings, made from stale bread, are served with speck, the region\u2019s signature cured pork. Smoky meat and starchy dumplings make for a rich dish, but the freshness of the wine will cut right through.\r\n\r\nThe creamy texture of a Riserva, which undergoes at least 36 months of bottle maturation on the lees during secondary fermentation, will stand up to the deliciously salty, starchy meal. Try the Ferrari 2010 Perle Nero Riserva or Rotari 2011 Flavio Brut Riserva.\r\nCarne Salada\r\nLean beef is cured in coarse salt with bay leaves, rosemary and garlic. It\u2019s served either thin-sliced, like a carpaccio, with a drizzle of olive oil and some arugula, or in thicker grilled slabs with beans.\r\n\r\nWith some funk and earthiness in addition to its intense beefiness, this dish is delicious with the robust red fruits of a sparkling ros\u00e9. We recommend the Maso Martis 2015 Extra Brut Ros\u00e9 or Oro Rosso NV Brut Ros\u00e9.\r\nTortel di Patate\r\nThis is a humble potato pancake. Potatoes are grated finely and mixed with egg and flour to create a batter that\u2019s then pan-fried. The result may look a little lighter and be a little chewier than your standard latke, but it makes for a delicate snack that would be well highlighted by a lean, racy pas dos\u00e9 (zero dosage) bottling like Maso Martis 2015 Dosaggio Zero Riserva Sparkling.\r\nCheeses\r\nTrento has a range of cheeses from aged Trentigrana that evokes Parmigiano, to soft and mild Casol\u00e9t, to aged Vezzena and Puzzone di Moena, which remain pretty mild and develop little holes during production, like Swiss cheese. What unites them are the Alpine-herb flavors that come through from the cows\u2019 diet.\r\n\r\nPour a 100% Chardonnay sparkler, such as the Altemasi 2015 Brut, and you\u2019ll find its apple and herb characteristics play along beautifully.