With the fall crisp air at an all-time high, nothing beats enjoying your favorite pasta dish with a glass of wine to pair it with. To minimize the risk of a stomach ache, you should enjoy your pasta with a wine that complements the flavor of the sauce. Lucky for you, we have put together a guide for you to better understand what flavors work best together. Between tomato-based sauce, creamy white sauce, and even pesto or a spicy bolognese, the wine you pair with it makes it that much better. Not a wine connoisseur, don’t worry! We will break down everything you need to know about wine and pasta.
Tomato-Based Pasta Dishes
Most tomato-based and red sauce pasta dishes are high in acids, therefore it would be best to pair them with a medium-bodied red wine. If your wine doesn’t match the acidity of the pasta, then the flavor of both will be ruined. An example of the perfect red wine to compliment your tomato-based sauce would be a cabernet sauvignon or Zinfandel. As you add more richness, like meat or seafood, you can start to raise the body. More wine pairings include Grenache, Merlot, Sangiovese, Rosso di Montalcino.
Cheese-Based Pasta Dishes
Any wine will pair well with cheese, it’s the classic combination of wine and cheese. The pairings with pasta cheese dishes are endless and neverending, lucky enough for those cheese lovers. To give you an idea of what would complement the cheese, a glass of light white wine like Chardonnay would bring out the creaminess and compliment the cheese. Just think, the lighter the sauce the lighter the wine - even light reds can complement cheese pasta dishes. More wine pairings that will go well with that alfredo or ravioli you love include Reisling, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, and Pinot Bianco.
Seafood Pasta Dishes
Choosing wine that will pair well with those seafood pasta dishes can be difficult, we all know seafood has one of the strongest tastes and scents. If we’re talking about linguine with clams and shrimp scampi, you’ll have the best luck with a medium-bodied white wine. To not overpower nor clash with the flavor of the seafood, you’d usually pair your dish with a crisp, dry white wine. More wine pairings for these seafood-based dishes include Pinot Grigio, Grenache Blanc, Rosé, Chardonnay Verdicchio, Muscadet, and Chablis.
Pesto Pasta Dishes
Pesto dishes, rich with basil and greens, go best with medium-bodied wines, similar to that of tomato-based dishes. The main element of these dishes is the herbs, therefore more dry wines like Verdicchio, Soave, or Gavi compliment the “greenness” and earthy tones of the pesto sauce. For red pesto, opt for a medium-bodied red like a Merlot or Sangiovese. More wine pairings include Merlot, Sangiovese, and Teroldego.
Spicy Pasta Dishes
The wrong wine paired with spicy food can throw off the whole flavor, which no one likes when enjoying a spicy pasta dish. Pasta with zesty sauces like arrabbiata and puttanesca need to be paired with sharp wines. Opt for a dry white like Reisling or a light red Zinfandel, either option will go perfectly and compliment the spiciness of the dish. More wine pairings include Asti, Lambrusco, Reisling, Zinfandel, and Vouvray.
Ready to indulge in pasta and wine? Come on in and visit us at Venetian in Weymouth. We offer a wide array of pasta dishes ready to be enjoyed with the perfect glass of wine. Bring this guide with you, or ask one of our expert employees, to experience a true Italian meal. For homebodies who want a taste, order online today!