Alfredo Sauce is a creamy pasta sauce that is extremely rich and flavourful. You can buy many high quality jarred versions, or you can make your own at home simply using cream, butter and Parmesan cheese.
Orveito and Alfredo Sauce Pairing
For Pasta in Alfredo sauce, an Italian Orveito is the wine to reach for. Orveito 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.
Orveito 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% verdello grape, and the remainder being a mix of other grapes. Thus you’ll find rather neutral Italian trebiano Orveito 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 Orveito.
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!
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.