Pairing Wine with Pasta

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The Italians know best when it comes to wine and pasta. However, not all of us are graced with an Italian chef in the kitchen telling us what to pair with each meal we prepare.

We know the struggle of trying to make the perfect combination of pasta and wine for your palette to enjoy, which is why we have made it easy for you to find the perfect wines for your pasta dish.

For all your tomato-based red sauce plates of pasta, serve:

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernets have a blackcurrant taste and other overtones which include blackberry and mint. The cabernet grape is very hearty and rich which goes best with red sauce.


Merlot has a mellow flavor of plum, black cherry, violets and orange, thus making it a perfect pairing for red sauces.


Depending on its origination, a chardonnay can be semi-sweet or sour, heavy or light and has typical flavors of apple, tangerine, lemon, and melon. Though it pairs nicely with cream or oil- based sauces, it is also very delicious with a light tomato sauce.

For all your white, cream- or oil-based sauces serve:

Pinot Grigio/ Pinot Gris

This white grape wine is best served with cream- or oil-based sauces but can also do well with a tomato-based sauce as well.

Sauvignon Blanc/ Fume Blanc:

This white wine often tastes like apple and is very smooth. Because it is typically crisp and acidic, it pairs well with cream- or oil-based sauces.

Pinot Noir:

Pinot noir has many different flavors ranging from earth and leather to vanilla and jam. Because it is so versatile, it pairs nicely with a cream- or oil-based sauce as well as a tomato-based sauce.

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