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Are you old enough to remember straw-covered Chianti bottles in inexpensive Italian restaurants?...In those days Chianti, by law, had to include white Italian grapes and wasn't the wine that it is today. If you haven't tasted Chianti in a while try it, with one of the dishes recommended below. If you're making the pasta at home use your imagination for the ingredients. And don't be afraid to experiment with the wine. Here are a few suggestions for pairing pasta and wine. We also include suggestions for pairing risotto and wine, although strictly speaking risotto is a rice dish, not a pasta dish. Enjoy! Whether you select your wine or your pasta dish first, check our tables to get a great match that brings out the best in the pasta and the wine. There's nothing like the right wine and food marriage.

Wine pasta information guide icon The following table presents food and wine pairing information, sorted by pasta dish. When you click on any pasta dish a new page pops up telling you more about that dish and providing additional wine suggestions. Wine pasta information guide icon

Pasta Dish Recommended Wines
Fettuccine Alfredo Orvieto, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Sancerre
Macaroni and Cheese Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay
Pasta and Shellfish Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
Pasta Arrabiata Shiraz
Pasta Meat Sauce Barolo, Chianti, Zinfandel
Pasta Primavera Pinot Grigio, Viognier
Pasta Puttanesca Bardolino, Sauvignon Blanc
Pasta Tomato Sauce (cooked) Chianti, Zinfandel
Pasta Tomato Sauce (uncooked) Dolcetto, Sangiovese
Pasta with Garlic and Oil Pinot Grigio, Verdicchio
Pasta with Pesto Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc
Risotto with Mushrooms Bandol, Barbaresco
Risotto with Vegetables Champagne, Verdicchio
Spaghetti Carbonara Barolo


Wine pasta purchase guide iconThe following table presents wine and food pairing information, sorted by wine, rather than by pasta dish. When you click on any wine a new page pops up telling you what you need to know about that wine. This short page makes specific purchase recommendations, usually in three price ranges. Wine pasta purchase guide icon
WineWine Type Recommended Pasta Dish
BandolPowerful French Red Risotto with Mushrooms
BarbarescoPowerful Italian Red Risotto with Mushrooms
BardolinoLight Italian Red Pasta Puttanesca
BaroloPowerful Italian Red Pasta Meat Sauce
BaroloPowerful Italian Red Spaghetti Carbonara
Cabernet SauvignonRed Variety Macaroni and Cheese
Champagne French SparklingRisotto with Vegetables
ChardonnayWhite Variety Macaroni and Cheese
ChardonnayWhite Variety Pasta and Shellfish
Chianti Italian RedPasta Meat Sauce
Chianti Italian RedPasta Tomato Sauce (cooked)
DolcettoFruity Italian RedPasta Tomato Sauce (uncooked)
Merlot Red Variety Pasta with Pesto
OrvietoDry Italian WhiteFettuccine Alfredo
Pinot BlancWhite Variety Fettuccine Alfredo
Pinot GrigioWhite Variety Pasta Primavera
Pinot GrigioWhite Variety Pasta with Garlic and Oil
Pinot NoirRed Variety Fettuccine Alfredo
SancerreClassic French White Fettuccine Alfredo
SangioveseRed Variety Pasta Tomato Sauce (uncooked)
Sauvignon BlancWhite Variety Pasta and Shellfish
Sauvignon BlancWhite Variety Pasta Puttanesca
Sauvignon BlancWhite Variety Pasta with Pesto
ShirazRed Variety Pasta Arrabiata
VerdicchioItalian White Wine Pasta with Garlic and Oil
VerdicchioItalian White Wine Risotto with Vegetables
ViognierWhite Variety Pasta Primavera
ZinfandelRed Variety Pasta Meat Sauce
ZinfandelRed Variety Pasta Tomato Sauce (cooked)


For my food pairing experiences with French wine read

My French wine articles

For my food pairing experiences with German wine read
My German wine articles

For my food pairing experiences with Italian wine read
My Italian wine articles


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