Pasta and Wine: Find the Perfect Pair

Pasta and Wine: Find the Perfect Pair



When looking for a great spot to have trendy brunch in NYC, there are two things that I consider – pasta and wine. These are two of my favorite things in the world. With this, in the rest of this post, I will share some of the best wines that could complement pasta dishes, which will give you a complete and satisfying meal.

Before I proceed, let me tell you one thing. The perfect pairing should not depend on the pasta. Rather, it should be based on the sauce that goes with the pasta.

Tomato-based Pasta and Zinfandel

The best spaghetti I’ve tried was at Scarpetta in New York. It is a simple dish with three main ingredients – pasta, tomato, and basil. It has high acid and a powerful flavor, which is why it is perfectly complemented with a medium-bodied red wine, including a Zinfandel. With loads of sweet cherry tomatoes, the Zinfandel will result in a well-balanced flavor in your mouth.

Cream-Based Pasta and California Chardonnay

If you like a pasta that is rich, creamy, and heavy, cream-based is the way to go. Finding the right wine can be a tricky situation. Most of the time, the pasta comes with a bold flavor, which is why the wine might taste a bit watered. With this, I would personally choose to pair it with California Chardonnay. The latter is a strong wine, which is why it will not be overpowered by the sauce of the pasta.

Seafood Pasta and Muscadet

Muscadet is a French white wine, which is bone-dry and light-bodied. It has a high-acidity and citrus-like flavor, which makes it a popular choice of wine for food pairing. It is lean and green with a slight fruity note. It is a crisp dry white wine that will work perfectly for seafood pasta dishes, such as linguini with crab or seafood with mussels. To maximize the flavor of this wine, do not drink this when eating a tomato-based pasta.

Cheese Pasta and Pinot Noir

Wine and cheese are two things that go well together. With this, if you are eating cheese-based pasta, you will have a long list of options for the perfect wine. One of my favorites is Pinot Noir. Actually, the latter is one of the most versatile wines I had, so you can pair it with almost any other pasta dish.

Pesto and Sauvignon Blanc

The assertive flavor of pesto makes it quite tricky to find a wine that it can perfectly complement. When the wine is too weak, you might not notice it at all. Because it is made mostly of basil and garlic, choose a wine that comes with a natural green character. This is why a Sauvignon Blanc can prove to be an unrivalled option. The lively acidity of this wine will go well with the freshness of the dish.

The next time you eat pasta in an Italian restaurant, make the most out of it by complementing it with the right wine!

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