The perfect pairings for Bolognese lasagna, but also for fish and vegetarian variants
What could be nicer than taking a pan of lasagna out of the oven in the coldest months of winter? With that crispy crust that still sizzles, the scent of ragù that spreads around the house, the table set with many covers, because lasagna is a dish to share, with family or friends, perhaps during Sunday lunch, when there is more time to cook and be together.
What are the wines to pair with lasagna? If it is the Bolognese version, with bechamel and ragù, the answer is only one: the wine must be red, with good acidity, a medium body and a soft and fruity flavor.
The vegetarian or fish variants instead ask for white, rosé, or even bubbles.
Here are our suggestions.
Lambrusco di Sorbara Removed 2018 Cantina della Volta
Let's start with a regional combination that cannot be more classic: the liveliness of Lambrusco helps to cleanse the palate of the creaminess of the béchamel sauce and the Rimosso di Cantina della Volta, with its aromas of wild strawberries, goes well with ragù.
Romagna Sangiovese Superiore Crepe 2018 Ca ’di Sopra
We remain within the regional combinations with a juicy and savory Sangiovese, with an overwhelming drink. It ferments in steel and ages in cement, with a small percentage of the wine (10%) making a quick passage in wood, acquiring light spicy hints that recall the nutmeg of the bechamel.
Barbera d'Alba 2018 Cordero di Montezemolo
When you look for freshness and ease of pairing at the table, you can't help but think of a Barbera. That of Cordero di Montezemolo smells of blackberries, plums and cocoa and has soft tannins and a smooth sip.
Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2017 Easter Family
A rich, warm and soft wine like Valpolicella Ripasso goes very well with structured first courses such as Bolognese lasagna. We also like the Easter one for the intriguing aromas of morello cherry and blueberry.
Sicily Nero d’Avola Lagnùsa 2017 Feudo Montoni
Fruity and fresh, this Nero d'Avola comes from a very old vine planted in a remote corner of Sicily at an altitude of 600 meters. Its soft and enveloping character and the spicy notes typical of the grape make it a perfect companion for lasagna with meat sauce.
Lasagna with fish
Franciacorta Brut Alma Bellavista
A new classic, fast and tasty, are white lasagna with smoked salmon. The creaminess of the béchamel, combined with an intense-flavored fish, goes well with a Classic Method sparkling wine, such as Bellavista's Frnciacorta Brut Alma, fresh and savory, with aromas reminiscent of ripe fruit and vanilla.
Negroamaro Kreos 2018 Castello Monaci
If the lasagna with fish instead provides a tomato sauce, the right choice is an Apulian rosé. Those produced with Negroamaro grapes, such as Kreos di Castello Monaci, are fruity, intense, with aromas reminiscent of the Mediterranean scrub and a great pleasantness to drink.
Western Ligurian Riviera Pigato 2018 Maria Donata Bianchi
One of the most famous versions of vegetarian lasagna is the one with pesto, which goes very well with a Ligurian white, such as Pigato. That of Maria Donata Bianchi is citrus and complex, with the right intensity for the flavor of the pesto and the creaminess of the bechamel.
Chianti Classico 2016 Tenuta Perano Frescobaldi
For the lasagne in white with mushrooms you can choose the combination with a young red and friendly drink, like a Chianti Classico. Tenuta Perano has intriguing aromas of raspberry, blackberry and cherry with flavors of balsamic herbs and spices.
Nosiola 2018 Pojer & Sandri
In combination with the exquisite lasagna with artichokes, a light wine is needed, which can go well with the particular flavor of the vegetables. A Trentino white wine, based on nosiola, works well with the right acidity and low alcohol content.