What wine to pair with lasagna
When we think of lasagna (or lasagne, whichever way you spell it) it’s probably the meaty version that’s uppermost in our minds but these days there are many different kinds so, as with pasta sauces, the wine pairing depends on the other ingredients in the dish.
These are my favourite wine matches:
Classic lasagnaBasically you can go for the same type of wines as you would for a spaghetti bolognese though as the cheese sauce tends to make the dish a bit richer you might want to go for slightly more full-bodied reds. Maybe a modern style Tuscan red rather than a classic Chianti or a southern Italian or Sicilian red like Nero d'Avola or Primitivo. Barbera is a good pairing too as are Italian grape varieties such as sangiovese from elsewhere. Outside Italy a rioja crianza, a medium-bodied cabernet sauvignon or a zinfandel would be a great pairing too.
Vegetarian lasagnaIt depends what's in it. If it includes roasted Mediterranean vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers and courgettes a gutsy Languedoc or Roussillon red would be a good match. If it includes spinach or chard, a dry Italian white like a Gavi might be a better pairing while a pumpkin or butternut squash lasagna would suit a richer white such as a viognier or oak-aged chardonnay.
Seafood lasagnaThese tend to have very similar ingredients to a fish pie so suit similar wines. Try a smooth creamy chardonnay, chenin blanc or a fuller Italian white such as a Soave.
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