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What to drink with carbonara

Spaghetti carbonara is a great comfort food, flavoursome and rich, but relatively quick and easy to prepare. There are probably as many variations on the basic recipe as there are Italian chefs! There’s a nice simple but classy recipe here at BBC Food.

What styles of wine go with carbonara? Here are our top two:

  1. Oaked white wines – the oak provides texture and toasty, vanilla flavours that complement the creaminess of carbonara.
  2. Light reds – a Pinot Noir will work with the pancetta or bacon and the acidity of the wine will help cut through the richness of the dish.

Of course, you can find excellent English wines in both these styles. Great examples are:

Albourne Estate Sandstone Ridge 2018 English wine
Albourne Sandstone Ridge 2018

A chardonnay-led blend offering a perfectly-balanced fuller wine than is typical in England, making it highly flexible as a solo or food matching wine. Hand-selected grapes and contact with young second-fill French oak barrels has enhanced the overall mouthfeel & complexity of this wine and supports the exotic array of aromas from honeysuckle, jasmine & peach to fresh coconut & vanilla with just a touch of white pepper spice.

Wythall Estate Pinot Noir 2018 English Red Wine
Wythall Estate Pinot Noir 2018

Wythall Estate’s Pinot Noir is a rich garnet colour which fades to a pinkish tone at the rim. Black cherry and fresh raspberry fragrances delight the nose and appear again on the palate with a touch of rich earthiness. There is good acidity, barely perceptible tannin which gives an appealing mouth feel, leading to a soft, velvety finish.

Find more English wine matches for carbonara here.