An intentional wine pairing is one of the best ways to elevate a dish to new heights. In Italian cuisine, a glass of good wine is pretty much a necessity! If you’re a fan of authentic Italian pasta and want to improve your mealtime experience, various wines will help. Here are the best wines to go with pasta dishes.
Pinot noir is known for its rich, earthy undertones. The deepness of the tones in the wine makes a perfect partner for tomato-based pasta dishes, like a classic marinara with meatballs or a hearty tomato sauce with sausage. A very versatile wine, pinot noir also pairs perfectly with traditional pesto sauces. A more fruity pinot lends itself well to pairing with a creamy sauce.
A lighter red wine, Reisling may not seem to be able to stand up to a rich dish, but it does pair well with the main meal. A mushroom-based sauce brings out the notes of pear and peach, while floral undertones will accompany a spicy puttanesca sauce. Reisling is on the sweeter end of wines, so aim for warm, rich, creamy sauces. For protein, choose pork or chicken.
Another fabulous red wine, Merlot, will be fruity and smooth, without the bitterness that accompanies high-tannin wines. Its sweetness is a perfect addition to any tomato-based sauce, especially in a rich lasagna. It’s best to avoid creamy pasta when you have a Merlot since there isn’t enough zest to complement the rich sauce.
One of the most famous wines globally, a good Cabernet Sauvignon is an incredibly versatile wine that goes with most dishes. Because there are so many varieties of the wine, you’ll want to be selective of the overtones and subtle notes. Primarily, a Cabernet Sauvignon will feature a warm, spiced flavor reminiscent of coffee, cedar, black currant, and vanilla. Some varieties will feature a robust stone-fruit undertone. A high-tannin wine, Cabernet Sauvignon has a bit of bitterness that is cut perfectly when paired with a tangy tomato sauce. Try a creamy tomato sauce for an exciting alternative to traditional marinara or Bolognese.
A deep red wine, Zinfandel is similar to Cabernet Sauvignon in that it is a high tannin content. This adds a touch of acidity and bitterness that, when combined with the wine’s spicy undertones, makes it the perfect companion to virtually any Italian pasta dish. Tomato-based sauces are favored, but you can even opt for creamy sauces without disrupting the flavor profile for a lighter version of a Zinfandel.
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