Pasta dish and wine

Best Wines to Pair With Pasta

No meal compares to a delicious pasta dish paired with a glass of fine wine. Interested in making your dining experience even better? Pair your amazing pasta dish with a wine that best complements the flavor of the pasta sauce! If you’re not sure where to begin with your pasta and wine pairing, no worries. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about pairing your delicious pasta and wine!

Tomato-Based Pasta

Pasta dishes with tomato sauces are an Italian classic. Since tomato sauces are acidic, they are best paired with a medium-bodied red wine. If you choose a wine that doesn’t match the acidity of the tomato sauce, this can cause the wine to taste bland. Delicious wine examples to pair with your tomato sauce pasta dish are, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and more.

Cheese-Based Pasta

As we all know, wine and cheese go hand-in-hand. Cheese-based pasta dishes pair with an endless amount of wine. Some wines that we suggest pair well with cheese include light-bodied white wines like Chardonnay. Light white wines such as Chardonnay assist in bringing out the creaminess of the cheese in your pasts dish. Another wine that complements cheese-based pasta dishes such as Spaghetti Carbonara well is a light red wine such as Pinot Noir. These two wine examples are great complements with cheese-based pasta dishes as they help exaggerate the flavoring!

Pesto Pasta

The main ingredients of pesto pasta dishes are fresh greenery like basil. To best complement the green, fresh flavors of a pesto sauce would be a light to medium-bodied white wine. A great, dry white wine example would be Gavi to pair best with your delicious pesto pasta dish.

Seafood Pasta

Another Italian staple is the seafood dishes with clams, shrimp, and more. A great wine pairing to go with our Linguine Scampi and Vongole Fra Diavolo for example would be a crisp, dry white wine. You don’t want to take away from the fresh, delicious seafood flavor so, a Pinot Grigio would be the perfect complement. Other pairing options could be Rosé or Chardonnay.

Spicy Pasta

Spicy pasta dishes are packed with so much flavor that you don’t want to take away from. Choosing the wrong wine to pair with your dish can overpower the flavoring. Wines that pair well with spicy pasta dishes are a dry white wine or a light red wine. Examples of these wines would be Riesling for a white wine or, Zinfandel for a red wine.

Vegetable Pasta

Vegetable pasts dishes are filled with so much freshness that you don’t want to wash out. To highlight the freshness of your dish and bring out the flavors a great wine pairing would be a white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. These dry, floral white wines really help in enhancing the flavors in a vegetable pasta dish!

Visit Nico Boston

Head out to Boston’s North End and visit Nico to indulge in all the pasta and wine you want! If you’ve never paired pasta and wine, now’s the time to try. Make a reservation with us today or call Nico Boston at 617-742-0404!

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