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Tips For Pairing Wine With Pasta Dishes

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Do you love pasta dishes? Who doesn’t, right? They are delicious and comforting. But what wine should you pair with them? That can be a difficult question to answer. In this blog post, we will explore wine pairings for your favorite pasta dishes. We will also provide tips for pairing wine with your pasta dishes. So, whether you are looking for a bottle of red or white wine, we have you covered!

Red vs White – Does it matter?

The answer may surprise you… No, not really. It is more about personal preference than anything else. Some people might say that red wine is better with pasta because it has a heartier flavor, while others might prefer white wine because it is lighter and won’t overpower the dish.

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Ultimately, it comes down to what you like and what you think will taste best. So go ahead and experiment with our suggestions until you find the perfect pairing for your next meal! Who knows, you might just discover a new favorite combination.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

There are many great options for pairing pasta with cabernet sauvignon. However, our top two picks are penne alla vodka and spaghetti carbonara.

Penne Alla Vodka is a classic Italian dish made with penne pasta, tomato sauce, and heavy cream. The acidity in the tomato sauce pairs well with the tannins in the Cabernet Sauvignon, while the cream helps to round out the flavors.

Spaghetti carbonara is an Italian dish made with spaghetti, eggs, bacon, and Parmesan cheese. The rich flavors of the egg and cheese pair well with the fruitiness of the Cabernet Sauvignon, while the bacon adds a nice smoky element.

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The best type of pasta to pair with Riesling is spaghetti. Spaghetti has a light and delicate flavor that pairs well with the fruity notes of Riesling. Another type of pasta that pairs well with Riesling is fettuccine. Fettuccine alfredo has a richer flavor than spaghetti and the creamy sauce pairs well with the sweetness of Riesling.

When pairing Riesling with pasta, it is important to consider the sauce as well. A lighter sauce such as Alfredo or Marinara will pair well with a lighter Riesling, while a heavier sauce such as Bolognese or Carbonara will pair better with a richer Riesling. The key is to find a balance between the pasta and the sauce so that they complement each other.

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This medium bodied red wine can be paired with a variety of pasta.

Here are some of the best choices to pair with Zinfandel:

Spaghetti and Meatballs

This might be one of the most popular tomato based pasta dishes. The bold flavors of Zinfandel complement the hearty flavors of this classic option.

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Penne Alla Vodka

The acidity in Zinfandel cuts through the richness of this dish, making it a perfect pairing.

Fettuccine Alfredo

The creaminess of this dish is offset by the acidity of Zinfandel, making for a delicious pairing.

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So there you have it, three great pasta dishes to pair with Zinfandel wine. Give them a try and see for yourself how delicious they are together!

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Fettuccini Alfredo

Cheese Pasta Dishes

When pairing wine with pasta dishes of this type consider Zinfandel. It’s a great option to pair with creamy sauces. The boldness of the wine can stand up to the rich flavors of creamy pasta sauces.

Another wine that goes well with cheese pasta is Chardonnay. The buttery flavors in the wine complement the creamy cheeses used in many cheese pasta dishes.

If you’re looking for a red wine to pair with your cheese pasta, consider a Merlot. The fruity flavors of Merlot will balance out the richness of the dish.

No matter what wine you choose to pair with your cheese pasta, make sure it’s one that you enjoy drinking. After all, you’ll be enjoying a glass (or two) with your meal Cheers!

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Meat Pasta Dishes

Often a tomato based sauce, this meal choice is a great way to get your protein and carbs all in one meal. But what wine should you pair with them?

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Here are some great options:

  • Barolo for a hearty meat sauce pasta dish
  • Chianti Classico Riserva for a rich and flavorful ragu
  • Sangiovese Grosso for a meat dish with light tomato sauce

No matter what type of Meat Pasta Dish you’re serving, there’s a wine out there that will complement it perfectly. So next time you’re planning an Italian feast, make sure to pick up one of these wines. Your guests will thank you!

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Pasta Bolognese

Seafood Pasta Dishes

The next time you’re in the mood for a seafood pasta dish, try pairing it with white wine. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio are all great choices. If you’re looking for something a little different, Riesling is also a good option. Just be sure to avoid wines that are too sweet or have too much oak flavor.

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If you prefer red wine, consider pairing your seafood pasta with a lighter style like Pinot Noir or Beaujolais Nouveau. These wines will complement the delicate flavors of the seafood without overpowering them. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can always go with a sparkling wine like Prosecco or Champagne.

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Pasta and Clams

Vegetable Pasta Dishes

If you’re eating a delicious pasta dish with vegetables as the star, you’ll want to choose a wine that has good acidity. This will help cut through the richness of the dish and bring out the flavors of the vegetables. A light-bodied white wine or sparkling wine is usually a good choice for this type of dish.

If you’re looking for a red wine to pair with your vegetable pasta, look for something with moderate tannins. You don’t want a red that is too big and bold which can overpower the lighter flavors of vegetables.

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Final Thoughts

So, what are you waiting for? Get cooking and start pairing your favorite pasta dishes with the perfect wine! And remember, when in doubt, consult a professional. Our team of wine experts is here to help you choose the best bottle of wine for your meal. What is your favorite pasta dish? What type of wine do you think would pair well with it? Let us know!

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