What wine goes with lasagna?

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What wine goes with lasagna?
The lasagne's ingredients will determine the wine pairing. (white wine and red wine image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Both wine and lasagne are two very popular food and drink items that are desired on most Italian tables as well as by many people around the world. Pairing the right wine with the lasagne you are having is essential in having a palette-flowing dinner or lunch that can be enjoyed by all. First, you need to decide what is in the lasagne recipe you will be eating, because this will make the wine-pairing process much easier.

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Types

Wine is enjoyed the world over as a beverage that enhances a meal. Most wines have different flavours and different tastes, so the appropriate wine is determined by the type of food being served. Lasagne is typically made with rich white cheeses, such as mozzarella and ricotta, and highlighted with sweet yet robust tomato sauces. Variations of lasagne include a meatless version with just tomato sauce and cheese and a vegetable lasagne that features steamed vegetables, such as spinach.

Wine should never overpower the strong distinct Italian flavour of lasagne. A light wine, such as a blush rose or white wine, is the perfect companion for robust lasagne, and some middle-of-the-road wines between dark and light, such as a Chianti, are also good companions for most flavours and variations of lasagne.

Benefits

The benefit of pairing wine and lasagne is that the diner enjoys the combination of both flavours. A darker wine will complement the lasagne rather than take the taste away from it. Lasagne seldom has a strong garlic tone, but wine will take away most of the aroma of the garlic. The antioxidant effects of both tomatoes and wine can help fight off illness and disease.

Warning

Drinking wine and excess amounts of lasagne can lead to bloating and abdominal discomfort. The combination of the two also can cause trapped gas. A mild antacid tablet should curb a sour or upset stomach should it occur.

Potential

If a dinner party or get-together is being held, wine is always a welcome and comfortable indulgence to have available for guests. The dinner table can be dressed up by displaying wine glasses that create substance and variance and wine bottles and glasses can create focal points and decoration pieces for all who gather around the table. Wine can be a fairly inexpensive way to entertain your guests as long as the wine pairs well with the lasagne and can be bought fairly inexpensively.

Features

The features of wine that go well with lasagne could be determined by appearance alone. If the wine is clear, it tends to be less pungent. If a clear wine is chosen as opposed to a darker, deep burgundy wine, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot, the wine will likely flow more smoothly with the lasagne. On the other hand, if the lasagne lacks strong flavour and is somewhat bland without meat and much cheese, a wine that is deeper in colour would better suit the lasagne and the overall taste of the two together. Wine and lasagne look great when presented on the table with the wine glass to the side of the plate of lasagne.

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