Wine Pairings for Lasagna alla Bolognese
Crowd-pleasing wines are the way to go with Lasagna alla Bolognese on Super Bowl Sunday. In this category, Teroldego makes “first team.” Full-flavored, lightly spicy and rather tannic, this grape makes reds you can sink your teeth into. Teroldego makes wines robust enough for pairing with hearty winter dishes that are still sippable alone if you like your wines a little rough-and-tumble. Teroldego is grown amidst the mountains, and it’s built more like a mountain man than a yodeler.
The standard bearers of Teroldego are Elisabetta Foradori’s wines. Her wines are also the most widely available of this grape type. Her entry-level Teroldego Vigneti delle Dolomiti is varietally true and a joy to drink. (Grab a few extra bottles. This will be popular!) Cantina Rotaliana makes some very serious Teroldego, sometimes firmer in nature than the Foradori wines. Cantine Moser also makes solid wines that show beautiful lilac strains. Check out their Sanzorz bottling.
While red wine is the better pairing for this pasta, those who prefer white need not be left empty-handed! Nosiola, also from the Trentino-Alto Adige region, should fill their cups. Nosiola is moderately fragrant with notes of hay, hazelnuts and golden apples. Interestingly, Nosiola is the only remaining indigenous white grape in this mountainous area. Foradori and Pojer & Sandri make fine examples with enough stuffing to stand up to this substantial lasagna.
Whether or not your team plays well and whether or not they win, rest assured your food and beverage matches for pre-game, half-time and long into the night will shine!
Christy Canterbury, Master of Wine (MW)
p.s. check out our recipe for Lasagna alla Bolognese.