Alfredo Sauce is a creamy pasta sauce that is extremely rich and flavourful. You can buy high quality jarred versions, or you can make your own at home simply using cream, butter and Parmesan cheese.
Best Wine to Pair with Alfredo Sauce
Orvieto and Alfredo Sauce Pairing
For Pasta in Alfredo sauce, an Italian Orvieto is the wine to reach for. Orvieto is a crisp, dry white wine from Central Italy, and perhaps a quintessential Italian white wine. This wine features lemon, lime, green apple, apricot and almond on the nose and palate followed by a mineral finish. The fruit flavours are a great way to cut through the richness of the Alfredo sauce, while the almond brings out the nuttiness found in the pasta itself.
Orvieto can be a tricky wine to nail down as its personality differs from vineyard to vineyard. To be prescribed a DOC seal, Orvieto must be 40-60% Trebbiano grape, 15-25% Verdelho grape, and the remainder being a mix of other grapes. Thus you’ll find rather neutral Italian Trebbiano Orvieto vs wineries who add more grapes to the mix. This is why we gave the pairing four stars, as it may be tricky to find the proper Orvieto.
Chardonnay and Alfredo Sauce Pairing
Chardonnay is another nice white wine to pair with Alfredo sauce. I prefer a full bodied Chardonnay that has a buttery flavour to it. This buttery quality will complement the rich texture and flavour of the Alfredo Sauce. Meanwhile the crisp tropical flavours in the wine will cut through the sauce and highlight any additional ingredients you might have tossed in the pasta such as shrimp, lobster or chicken.
We give this pairing 4 1/2 stars out of 5 as Tropical Chardonnay is easy to find, and we’re certain you’ll love this decadent pairing!
Pinot Noir and Chicken Alfredo
Chicken Alfredo is full of rich Parmesan Cheese, and thus commands a wine high in acidity to help wash these flavours away. Pinot Noir is up for the job, as it is light and fruity and will have no issue cleansing your palate, and bringing out all the subtle chicken flavours. Pinot Noir is also earthy and will complement any mushrooms or earthy spices you might toss in to your Chicken Alfredo dish.
I’m giving this 3.5 stars out of 5, which is still a great pairing. White wines tend to a go a little better with Chicken Alfredo, but as far as red wine goes, this pairing is nothing to sneeze at.
Beer and Alfredo Sauce Pairings
Oatmeal Stout and Alfredo Sauce
Our favourite beer and Alfredo Sauce Pairing has to be an Oatmeal Stout. this is a very rich beer with a slight sweetness that complements the rich and creamy texture of the sauce. If the pasta dish has bacon in it, the Smoked Oatmeal Stout by Trafalgar Brewery is a good match (when it is in Season), Cadillac Graveyard, by Flying Monkeys Brewery is another fantastic choice!
IPA and Alfredo Sauce
If you’re having problems finding an Oatmeal stout, the very popular India Pale Ale makes an excellent companion to Alfredo Sauce. This bitter beer can cut right through the rich sauce, and IPA’s often have herbal tasting hops that dance well with any herbs in the dish, such as oregano or basil.
We give both beer pairings 4 out of 5 stars as beer types can vary slightly from brewery or region and what extra additions you add to your Alfredo sauce can impact the overall rating.
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