Acidic red wines like Chianti, Barbera, Dolcetto or Zinfandel pair best with Bruschetta, as they lack tannin. Tannin, which you’ll commonly find in ‘chewy’ wines will taste harsh and metallic when squared off against anything containing tomato. For white wine, we’d recommend a dry Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, or Rosé.
Best Wines with Bruschetta
- Sauvignon Blanc
Chianti and Bruschetta Pairing
Chianti hits a home run with this popular appetizer for wine pairing. Bruschetta recipes vary, but often it is garlic and tomatoes tossed in olive oil and spread across warm and toasty crusty bread. It’s easy to prepare at home, and it’s delicious with Chianti. Chianti is acidic enough to hold up against the tomatoes and has enough body to stand up to the strong flavours of the garlic and olive flavours. Perfect for a starter, or to share on a chilly fall evening in front of the fireplace.
Barbera with Bruschetta
Barbera is another terrific red wine with Bruschetta. Highly acidic, with low tannin, this is a red wine that will not clash with the tomatoes on the Bruschetta. Tomatoes require acidity, as wines that are high in tannin will make this pairing taste like you are eating a tin can. (which is okay if you’re a Billy Goat.)
Plummy richness with a rustic Italian charm, Barbera is an overlooked red wine. What I love about it is that it is typically lower in alcohol than your heavier reds like Shiraz, Cab Sauvignon, Merlot, etc. Thus if you’re enjoying it with Bruschetta, you won’t feel too heavy after this pairing.
Zinfandel and Bruschetta Pairing
Zinfandel is another acidic red wine, but much more fruitier than Chianti or Barbera. There won’t be rustic charm to complement the garlic or onions, or herbs you might add with this red. However, with the peppery fruitiness of a medium-bodied Zinfandel and its smokey finish, there’s a lot to love about this pairing!
Sauvignon Blanc paired with Bruschetta
For white wine, Sauvignon Blanc is our top choice. This is an acidic and dry wine that will make those tomato flavours pop, and refresh your senses from all that garlicky goodness.
Riesling will play nice with this dish too and is a close second as long as you keep it semi-dry to dry.
Rosé Wine with Bruschetta
If you’re not feeling either red or white, a nice dry Rosé will go great too. Rosé isn’t overly popular in North America like it is in Europe. However if you try this match of Bruschetta and Rosé wine, it’ll win you over with its light fruity flavours that go so great with tomatoes. This refreshing, and low alcohol wine will get your appetite racing as it washes all those garlic flavours away.
Wheat Beer & Bruschetta
With regard to beer, we love a great wheat beer with Bruschetta. This lighter tasting beer tackles the strong Bruschetta flavours head on, numbing their sultry after taste. A Pilsner is a wise choice too, it will enhance the Bruschetta, and wash down all that olive oil that coats your mouth so the next bite is just as delicious as the first.