Sage, which originated in the Mediterranean and Asia Minor, gets its name from the Latin salvia, meaning “to heal,” referring to the medicinal value of the plant. Today, this ancient seasoning is most important in the Mediterranean, especially Italy.
Fresh sage may be found year-round.
Beverage pairing: Erik Banti Morellino di Scansano, Italy. The dish is deceptively simple, as is the wine. Morellino di Scansano is near Chianti and the grapes are basically the same. Sangiovese provides tart cherry fruit, wild herbs, and some earthiness, while a little Cabernet and Merlot offer some mintiness to fence with the sage.