Hey! So have you ordered the pasta dish of your dreams? All you need now is to pair it with a fabulous wine.
But which to choose? There are soooo many different wines to choose from. And there’s no way you’re willing to butcher a restaurant-quality pasta dish by pairing it with a wine that doesn’t zing. Experience ruined.
If only there was a cheat sheet of wines, made for pasta lovers?! Well now there is.
HUGE CAVEAT: Wine pairings are very subjective, so take this guide as ‘our opinion’.
And quick interlude for our Pasta By Post customers who have ordered from our menu, here are our tried and tested wine pairings to compliment each:
Netflix and Gnocchi: Zinfandel
All-The-Mushrooms Tortelloni: Riesling
Spinach and Ricotta Tortelloni: Sangiovese
Build Your Own Lasagne: Cabernet Sauvignon
The Ultimate Carbonara: Merlot
The Devil’s Casarecce: Shiraz
Cacio e Pepe Tonarelli: Chardonnay
Without further ado, let's take a look at some of the most common types of wines – ones highlighted in bold are in my top 10 for pasta-wine combos, which we’ll explore further.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, (Merlot), Malbec
Merlot, Barbera, (Pinot Noir), Gamay Sangiovese, Mencia
Pinot noir, Gamay, Blaufränkisch, Zinfandel
Grenache, Sangiovese, Mourvedre
Oaked chardonnay, Ribolla, Gialla
Pinot Grigio, Grenache Blanc, Chardonnay Verdicchio
Sauvignon Blanc, Zelen, Pinela, Pinot Grigio, Riesling Italico
Moscato, Gewurztraminer, Riesling
Very simply, the term ‘body’ refers to the feel in your mouth - how heavy or viscous the wine is.
Full-bodied wines, being more concentrated, feel heavier in your mouth. Generally speaking, you should pair ‘weight with weight’ and match the acidity of the wine to the food. This is why red wines tend to be paired with meaty dishes and white wines with oily, fatty and seafood dishes.
Now we know about the types of wines, let’s see which are recommended for different types of pasta dishes. We’ve found these pasta sauce and wine combinations work amazingly well:
And matching the other way, here are the kinds of sauce you can pair with each type of wine, now looking at the wine varieties more specifically:
Found a superstar pasta and wine pairing you’ve enjoyed yourself? Let us know in the comments below.