Lasagna & Wine Pairing

Lasagna is one of our favourite comfort foods, especially when it is fresh and homemade. Layers of ground beef, Lasagna noodles, ricotta cheese, and various veggies like onion, peppers and tomato sauce are hard to beat. While there are many different variations of Lasagna to be had, from white Lasagna, pesto based Lasagna, Lasagna made with sausage, turkey, squash, eggs and goat cheese, we’re sticking to the classic version for this blog. However feel free to contact us, or leave a comment below if you need help with these alternative pairings.

Acidic reds like Chianti, Barbera, Zinfandel & dry whites like Pinot Grigio are the best wine pairings for Lasagna. Red wines with tannin or too much oak will make the tomato sauce taste like tin.

Wine with Lasagna

  • Chianti
  • Barbera / Dolcetto / Rosso Conero
  • Zinfandel
  • Pinot Noir
  • Light-Bodied Merlot

Chianti and Lasagna

Perhaps the best wine to pair with lasagna is a Chianti. Tart, spicy and herbaceous, Chianti tastes like you’d expect Italy to taste like. This Sangiovese based red wine has a rustic profile and acidity that it won’t taste metallic against the tomato sauce backdrop.

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Barbera / Dolcetto / Rosso Conero

Barbera, Dolcetto, and Rosso Conero all make excellent mambo partners with a red sauced based Lasagna. If you pair a red wine that is low in acid and high in tannin, the pairing will taste flat. Barbera, Dolcetto, and Rosso Conero aren’t showboat wines, but they will elevate the Lasagna, which makes this pairing impressive.

All three of these Italian wines are not overly expensive and offer exceptional value when paired against Lasagna. Another bonus is that they are not high in alcohol, so you won’t feel like a zombie after when paired with a hefty piece of Lasagna.

Pinot Noir & Zinfandel with Lasagna

Pinot Noir and Zinfandel are two other great choices for a red pairing, as they too have an acidic profile and not too much tannin. Pinot Noir is exceptional with Lasagna that features mushrooms, due to the earthy nature of the red.

Zinfandel works well with Lasagna due to its acidity, and fruity nose. Lasagna is a heavy dish, and Zinfandel provides an exceptional amount of refreshment in between each bite.

On a final note, another red wine that will go well with mushrooms, as well as tomato sauce, is a lighter styled Merlot. By lighter we mean the wine leans towards acidic, vs grippy tannin or even medium-bodied versions you would find in Chile or Argentina. Cabernet Franc is an amazing pairing with vegetarian Lasagna as this wine has a hint of green flavour, like bell pepper, that complements all the veggies in the dish.

Even though there’s meat in Lasagna, we wouldn’t recommend a full-bodied and high tannin Merlot or alternative red like a Cabernet Sauvignon. The pairing will not hold up against the acidity of tomato paste, making everything tasting like tinfoil.

White Wine and Lasagna

For white wine, look for dry whites, like Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling to pair up nicely with your Lasagna. Sauvignon Blanc is exceptional with vegetarian Lasagna where grilled veggies are used instead of ground beef. Sauvignon Blanc is also amazing with Lasagna that may feature goat cheese.

If you can’t choose between red or white, try pairing Lasagna with a Rosé, or Prosecco. Both wines aren’t overly sweet and lean toward the dry side. Thus they will cut through the greasy cheese and meat textures and lift out delightful flavours you may have never noticed before.

Beer and Lasagna

Wine generally pairs better with tomato sauce due to the sauce’s acidity. However, with beer, you still can’t go wrong. I wouldn’t lean toward heavier beer though as Lasagna on its own is quite filling. Instead, choose lighter beers that are slightly hoppy or bitter. Our favourite choices being Pilsner, Amber Ale, Brown Ale, or Pale Ale.

What’s your favourite beverage to pair with Lasagna? We’d love to know, so feel free to comment below, or check out our wine pairing database for more pairings.

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