Vongole Pasta & Wine Pairing

Spaghetti alle Vongole is a classic Italian dish of spaghetti with white wine and clams and pairs best with unoaked white wines such as Soave, Vermentino, Pinot Grigio, Chablis, Muscadet, or Frascati. A dry Rosé also makes for a good pairing, provided it is more citrus-driven than fruity (strawberries and raspberries don't taste great [...]

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca & Wine Pairing

Pasta Puttanesca is a pungent tasting dish often referred to as 'whore sauce' as it smells like a brothel.  Full of garlic, olives, anchovies, crushed red peppers, tomatoes and capers, Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca pairs best with red wines with plenty of acidity and earthy notes like Pinot Noir, Chianti Classico, Primitivo, Barbera and Nero [...]

2020-10-18T18:23:57+00:00Food Pairings, Pasta|

Ravioli & Wine Pairing

If the Ravioli is served with a tomato and meat-based sauce and stuffed with beef, mushrooms, sausage, or duck, medium-bodied and acidic red wines like Chianti Classico, Pinot Noir and Barbera pair best.  For Ravioli served in a cream, pesto, or butter sauce, and stuffed with lighter foods like spinach, potato, ricotta cheese, lobster, [...]

2020-09-29T12:52:59+00:00Food Pairings, Pasta|

What Wine goes with Gnocchi?

Pairing wine with Gnocchi, which is a denser pasta, depends more on the sauce than the actual Gnocchi.  Gnocchi in tomato sauce calls for white wines like Pinot Grigio, Fiano, and Pecorino, or red wines like Chianti, Etna Rosso, or Barbera.  Meanwhile, Gnocchi, in a creamy sauce, demands a richer white wine like Soave.  [...]

2020-11-26T13:52:43+00:00Food Pairings, Pasta|

Pasta Carbonara & Wine Pairing

Carbonara Sauce is a creamy white sauce that includes cream, bacon, butter and lots of cheese.  Red wines that have a touch of acidity, such as Pinot Noir, Chianti Classico, Barbera, or a Montepulciano pair well as they cut through the heavy sauce without overwhelming the bacon or ham flavours.  White wines, such as [...]

2020-11-26T13:53:08+00:00Food Pairings, Pasta|

Spaghetti & Meatballs & Wine Pairing

When we think of Spaghetti and Meatballs, our mind automatically races to serving an Italian Red Wine. Heck, even the classic scene from Disney's 'The Lady and the Tramp' features the two dogs eating Spaghetti with the ever-present straw-covered Chianti bottle as a candle holder that could be found in every Italian bistro in [...]

Baked Ziti & Wine Pairing

Baked Ziti is Lasagna without the fuss. Essentially it's a pasta casserole, using ground beef or Italian sausage, along with Ziti pasta (or penne pasta), tomato sauce, maybe some browned onions and garlic, and of course, lots of glorious cheese. Baked Ziti pairs best with red wines balanced with acidity like Zinfandel, Chianti Classico, [...]

2020-07-14T12:13:25+00:00Food Pairings, Pasta|

Alfredo Sauce & Wine Pairing

Alfredo Sauce is a creamy pasta sauce that is extremely rich and flavourful. You can buy high quality versions in a jar, or you can make your own at home using cream, butter and Parmesan cheese. When pairing wines with Alfredo sauce, we recommend crisp white wines like Orvieto, Pinot Bianco or Chardonnay, along [...]

2020-07-29T12:13:39+00:00Food Pairings, Pasta|

Lasagna & Wine Pairing

Lasagna is one of my favourite comfort foods, especially when it is fresh and homemade. Layers of ground beef, Lasagna noodles, ricotta cheese, and various veggies like onion, peppers and tomato sauce are hard to beat. While there are many different variations of Lasagna to be had, from white Lasagna, pesto based Lasagna, Lasagna [...]