Pairing Wine & Pasta

Pasta is a universally loved dish. The flavour combinations are endless – meat sauces, cream sauces and oil-based sauces – and delicious add ins – chicken, veggies, and seafood.

The different flavours of pasta dishes all call for a specific type of wine – red or white, dry or sweet.

Tomato-based pasta:

Due to the acidity in tomatoes, a middle-weight red wine is the best match.

Wine pairing: Zinfandel, Shiraz, Merlot

Cheese pasta:

Wine and cheese are a match made in heaven, so finding the perfect wine shouldn’t be too hard. Either white or red wine will work.

Wine pairing: Chardonnay or Pinot Noir

Cream-based pasta:

Cream-based pasta requires an elegant and smooth wine. White wines are typically best to pair with these sauces.

Wine pairing: Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Chardonnay

Seafood pasta:

Light and middle-weight white wines are the best match for seafood based pastas.

Wine pairing: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay

Pesto pasta:

The key to successfully pairing pesto based pasta and wine is pairing the green centrepiece with a light-bodied white wine.

Wine pairing: Sauvignon Blanc

Vegetable pasta:

The trick in matching wine and vegetables is to highlight to freshness of the veggies, which can be accomplished through a light-bodied white wine with floral notes.

Wine pairing: Sauvignon Blanc

Picking a wine to go with your pasta dish can be as easy as picking what sauce will go on the pasta. My go-to pasta dish is Aglio e Olio with Shrimp. It’s super easy and tastes delicious. With this recipe, I would pair a full-bodied white such as Chardonnay.

Next time you’re enjoying a delicious meal of pasta try pairing it with a glass (or bottle) of wine!

That’s all for now!

Marika xo



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