Top 5 Wine and Pasta Pairings - Secret Bottle

Top 5 Wine and Pasta Pairings

When it comes to pairing wine with pasta it can be hard to know where to start.

There are so many different types of wine styles and varietals and each has its own unique flavour profile that can go well with different types of pasta.

General rule of thumb for wine pairings are; white wines with creamy sauces and red wines with roasted vegetables or meatier sauces.

Experimenting is the true key though to finding the perfect wine pairing for your favourite pasta — here are some great wine pairings for pasta that will have you enjoying your meal even more!


1. Bolognese and Sangiovese

Sangiovese is one of the most quintessential grapes to come from Italy so it's no surprise that it pairs perfectly with Spaghetti Bolognese the most quintessential Italian dish to ever come into existence.

Sangiovese's are a high tannin high acidity wine which balances perfectly with the rich, meaty sauce of a bolognese.

Pro Tip: Splash a bit of wine in your sauce whist cooking for that extra punch. This also allows your bottle to breathe before serving, win win!

Save Our Souls 2021 Sangiovese

Nova Vita Firebird Sangiovese


2. Carbonara and Pinot Grigio

When it comes to a good food wine, one of the most popular choices is Pinot Grigio. This wine is a classic white that is light and crisp, making it the perfect partner to balance out heavier creamy dishes.

It also has a clean taste which makes it an ideal choice for those who are looking for a refreshing drink to balance the creamy, salty savouriness of a Carbonara pasta. 

Mandala Yarra Valley Pinot Grigio

Jacobs Creek 2021 Pinot Grigio


3. Pesto and Sauvignon Blanc

Pesto can be a hard one to pair, with its intense fragrance a lot of wines can be overwhelmed and fall to the waist-side when drunk with a pesto. 

Pesto is a great way to add flavours to pasta, and pairing it with a Sauvignon Blanc can really bring out the flavours in both dishes especially if the pesto also has a seafood element to it.

Murdoch Hill Sauvignon Blanc

Golding 2020 Market the Series Sauvignon Blanc


4. Ravioli and Pinot Noir

Ravioli and a Pinot Noir are a perfect pairing for pasta lovers. The deep, dark flavours of the Pinot Noir will compliment the creamy, rich ravioli perfectly.

This wine is also known for its complex flavour profile and its ability to age well.

If you're looking for a luxurious dinner option that pairs perfectly with your ravioli, a Pinot Noir is the perfect choice!

Quealy! 2020 Pinot Noir

Maressa Pinot Noir


5. Parpadelle and Barbera

Parpadelle is a type of pasta that is made from flour, water, and eggs. It is often served with a sauce or cheese.

Barbera wines are typically red wines that are made in the Piedmont region of Italy. They are usually fruity and have a strong flavour.

Parpadelle and Barbera pair well together because they both have a fruity flavour and the Barbera wine adds depth to the sauce.

A match made in heaven if you ask me!

Araldica Barbera Piemonte 2018

The Italian Red Wine Pack











Pasta and wine are a classic pairing that many people enjoy. There are so many options when pairing wine and pasta, but it can be hard to decide which one to choose.

Some people prefer a dry wine while others prefer a sweeter wine. Some people also like to pair pasta with different sauces, while others prefer to stick with a simple sauce.

Ultimately, the options are really endless when it comes to pairing wine and pasta.

The best way to go about it is trial and error but we hope this helps you on your journey through Italian pasta pairings.

If you're looking for a place to start simply click here to check out our Italian Wine pack