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Wine and Spaghetti: The perfect match 

Wine and Spaghetti

There’s no more heartwarming feeling than having a plate of spaghetti together with a tall glass of high-quality wine! Regardless of the way you eat it, swirling it in a spoon, twisting it around your fork, or chopping or slurping it strand by strand, spaghetti is one of the most desirable dishes among people all over the planet. 

However, when it comes to making a decision about which wine to have with your pasta, you can come to a dilemma there. With over 200 wine choices, there are a lot of corks to unscrew to find the ideal pasta wine pair. Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled a list of quick recommendations to help you with your matching dilemma. 

 

Best wines with spaghetti 

If you want to really spice up your pasta dish, a careful selection of wines is a must. If you’re a fan of authentic Italian spaghetti and want to improve your heavenly experience, various wines will definitely help you with that. Here are the best wines to go with spaghetti dishes. 

Pinot Noir (Mason Pinot Nero 2019) 

Pinot noir is known for its rich, earthy undertones. The deepness of the tones in the wine makes it a perfect partner for tomato-based pasta dishes, like a classic spaghetti with meatballs or a hearty tomato sauce with sausage. A very versatile wine, pinot noir also pairs perfectly with traditional pesto sauces. A more fruity pinot lends itself well to pairing with a creamy sauce. 

Mason Pinot Nero 2019 has a color that is a gleaming ruby. Wild berries, black pepper, woodland floor, and peppermint smells are soft and graceful, with touches of rose petals and licorice. The exquisite and highly pure palate matches the rich, spicy berry nose. This luscious wine is silky smooth, with ripe tannins, a tightly woven, well-balanced delivery, and a hint of wood to round out the texture. The wine is aromatic and linear, with a superb balance that creates an unlimited amount of complexity. It has a lengthy, silky mineral finish with a soft, refined structure.  

Riesling (Amisfield Dry Riesling 2019) 

Reisling is a lighter wine that may not appear to be able to stand up to a heavy dish, but it pairs beautifully with the main course. A mushroom-based sauce brings out pear and peach flavors, while a spicy puttanesca sauce has floral overtones. Because Reisling is a sweeter wine, go for warm, rich, creamy sauces. Pork or chicken are good choices for protein. If you choose Amisfield Dry Riesling 2019 you will get lively, dry New Zealand wine that opens with flavors of peach, grapefruit, and almond blossom, with sharp acidity, vivid citrus notes, and a light body on the palate. There are also the unique steely or minerally overtones that are so characteristic of Riesling. This is a fantastic match for seafood, pasta, fish, and spicy Asian cuisines because of their delectable freshness. It’s also perfect as an aperitif before dinner on a hot summer day.   

Merlot (Mayacamas Merlot 2016) 

Another fabulous red wine, Merlot, will be fruity and smooth, without the bitterness that accompanies high-tannin wines. Its sweetness is a perfect addition to any tomato-based sauce, especially in rich spaghetti. It’s best to avoid creamy spaghetti when you have a Merlot since there isn’t enough zest to complement the rich sauce. When it comes to Mayacamas Merlot 2016 this is a very pure and lovely representation of the grape, often produced in a restrained style that emphasizes elegance and refinement. The grapes are grown in dry-farmed vineyards high on Mount Veeder, where the chilly environment and low yields provide a high level of flavor intensity while maintaining freshness. The fruit is fermented in neutral wood and cement tanks in the winery before being stored in huge foudres for 22 months, some of which have been in continuous use in the cellar since the 1920s. With lots of exuberant raspberries, cherry, black plum, and wild berries on the nose seasoned with light nuances of star anise, clove, and cinnamon, this modest approach to winemaking enable the genuine varietal character to come through. 

Cabernet Sauvignon (Catena Zapata Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon 2018) 

One of the most famous wines globally, a good Cabernet Sauvignon is an incredibly versatile wine that goes with most dishes. Because there are so many varieties of the wine, you’ll want to be selective about the overtones and subtle notes. Primarily, a Cabernet Sauvignon will feature a warm, spiced flavor reminiscent of coffee, cedar, black currant, and vanilla. Some varieties will feature a robust stone-fruit undertone. A high-tannin wine, Cabernet Sauvignon has a bit of bitterness that is cut perfectly when paired with a tangy tomato sauce. Try a creamy tomato sauce for an exciting alternative to traditional marinara or Bolognese. Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is purple with garnet overtones. The aromas of dark fruits are mixed with notes of fresh herbs and sweet spices in the bouquet. The wine has leather and tobacco flavors in the mouth. It boasts a creamy mouthfeel, firm tannins, and bright acidity. Try it with wild boar or game.   

Zinfandel (Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise 2019) 

Zinfandel is a dark red wine with a high tannin level, akin to Cabernet Sauvignon. This gives a touch of acidity and bitterness to the wine, which, when combined with the wine’s spicy overtones, makes it a great match for almost any Italian spaghetti dish. Tomato-based sauces are preferred, but for a lighter version of Zinfandel, creamy sauces can be used without disturbing the flavor profile. Purple Paradise 2019 is a powerful combination of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Grenache, with a focus on Zinfandel, one of Paso Robles’ historic grape varietals. The aromas of plum, cherry, and blackberry explode from the glass, and the first sip shows a silky smooth texture, robust full-body, and a lingering, mildly spicy finish. The juicy, fruity flavor profile pairs well with burgers, pizza, and pulled pork meals with barbecue sauce. 

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