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Wines That Pair Perfectly With Italian Food

Wines That Pair Perfectly With Italian Food


Pairing the right wine with an Italian feast creates a symphony of flavors that spotlight and enhance your meal. However, there’s much more to wine and food pairings than serving red wine with beef and white wine with chicken. 

Picking the Perfect Pair:

There are several factors to consider when choosing a wine to complement your meal. Perhaps you want to select wine with flavors that contrast with your food? For example, a heavy, fatty meat dish with a light, crisp vintage. Conversely, you can find a wine with similar flavors, such as matching a sweet wine with a dessert of tiramisu. Your objective is to create a balance between the wine and the food. One should never overpower the other.

#1 Barolo with Bolognese

Made with Nebbiolo grapes grown in Italy’s Piedmont region, Barolo is a heavy red wine with strong tannins. Barolo wine features bold, earthy flavors, including rose, herbs, red berries, truffles, and chocolate. It beautifully enhances the textures and flavors of a classic Bolognese. Because of its earthy notes, it works well with dishes flavored with mushrooms or truffles as well.

#2 Brunello di Montalcino with Osso Buco alla Milanese

Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes, Brunello is a full-bodied, red wine that hails from Tuscany. With harsh tannins from prolonged aging, it features flavors of wild berry, licorice, star anise, and leather. The bold, rich flavors of both Osso Buco and Brunello make them perfect companions to serve together. You can also pair Brunello with steak, game, or heavy pasta dishes and stews.

#3 Chianti with Pasta Marinara

Winemakers in the Chianti region produce this dry, red wine of the same name using Sangiovese grapes. It is highly tannic and herbaceous with floral aromas and flavors of ripe cherries and raspberries. Its earthy notes and high acidity bring out the flavors of hearty meals made with red sauces, like pasta marinara. Chianti is a wonderful wine to enjoy with pizza too.

#4 Chardonnay with Seafood Risotto

Made from grapes of the same name originally grown in the Burgundy region of France, Chardonnay can boast a wide range of flavors, from pineapple, papaya, and mango to green apple and lemon. It’s a go-to wine when serving meals with oil and cream-based sauces. Light seafood dishes, such as a seafood risotto, are greatly enhanced by a chilled glass of Chardonnay.

#5 Pinot Grigio with Carbonara

Crisp and refreshing, Pinot Grigio contains delicate flavors of citrus, pears, and apples. It is a light-bodied wine with notes of smoke and minerals that deliciously set off the bacon flavors in a carbonara sauce. You can also enjoy it with other pasta dishes, as well as salads, risottos, and fish like trout or halibut.


Of course, these aren’t the only wines to pair with your Italian fare. You can serve a Zinfandel with red sauce dishes, a Pinot Gris with creamy seafood recipes, or a Sauvignon Blanc with soft, briny cheeses. What’s most important is to find the combinations that you most enjoy.

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Janet
    December 21, 2021 at 10:07 am

    I love a good Brunello! These are great suggestions. I may need the recipe for that seafood risotto. It looks fabulous.

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 29, 2021 at 7:23 pm

      Me too, Janet!

  2. tom
    December 23, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    wow, its looks so delicious and yummy . this is the perfect one recipe of wines that pair perfectly with italian food. thanks for sharing this amazing article and recipes of these italian food.

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 29, 2021 at 7:24 pm

      Always happy to share, Tom!

  3. Camila @ Microwave Choice
    January 3, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    Sounds yummy 🙂 I love italian food so much. Keep sharing such an amazing content.

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 7, 2022 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks Camila, I appreciate it!

  4. tom
    January 8, 2022 at 8:50 am

    i love italian food. this looks so delicious and appetizing. thanks for sharing this amazing article and delicious recipe of italian food.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      January 10, 2022 at 2:37 pm

      Happy to share, Tom!

  5. james
    January 15, 2022 at 5:08 am

    wow, this looks so delicious and amazing italian food. i just love italian food. thanks for sharing this amazing article about wines that pairs prefectly with italian food.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      January 17, 2022 at 2:26 pm

      Happy to share, James!

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