Mac & Cheese – Recommended Wine Pairing

Go red to complement Nicole’s mouthwatering Mac & Cheese, pick something with medium body, good acidity and gentle but still noticeable tannins.

Recommended Italian wines to go with Mac & Cheese include a quality Chianti, such as a Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Ser Lapo Riserva DOCG, a blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot with intriguing aromas of plum, wild berries, graphite and a slight foxy note, or a Geografico Chianti Colli Senesi Riserva Torri DOCG, a blend of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo with scents of wild cherry, blackberry, mint, leather and tobacco along with subtle tannins, or even an I Sodi Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, a blend of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo with aromas of violet, wild cherry, blueberry, blackberry jam, licorice, tobacco and soil.

Another very good option would be a Barbera from Piemonte, such as an enjoyable Pico Maccario Barbera d’Asti Lavignone DOCG, made of 100% Barbera grapes and with appealing aromas of rose, violet, raspberry and red currant, or a Batasiolo Barbera d’Alba Sovrana DOC, with pleasant scents of dried flowers, fruit jam and a slight toasty note.

If you prefer to stay in the USA, consider a nice, basic Merlot, such as a Bogle Merlot California 2009 (88 points, Wine Spectator) with cherry, herb and red currant aromas and distinct tannins, or a Kenwood Merlot Sonoma County 2008 (88 points, Wine Spectator), which is a blend of 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon with scents of cherry, raspberry, plum, tomato leaf and chocolate.

By the way, all of the above options have very interesting quality/price ratios.

And if you want to share your experience or have another wine that you would like to suggest, just leave a comment below!



About Stefano

I am a photographer and an ISA certified sommelier. I contribute to two blogs, Flora's Table (the fine cooking and wine blog - and Clicks & Corks (my photography and wine blog - My photography Web site is at
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3 Responses to Mac & Cheese – Recommended Wine Pairing

  1. Allison says:

    We are big fans of all of the Bogle wines in my house! (And I’d like to add that I love that you’ve devoted an entire post to wine pairings with Mac & Cheese! : )

    • Stefano says:

      Hi Allison!
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting!
      Yes, I also like Bogle: they are a solid winery that practices sustainable grape growing practices and produces some pretty good wines.
      And regarding my post, I just think there is hardly any food that cannot be paired with an appropriate glass of good wine!!! 🙂
      Also, I love your blog and will stop by again soon!
      Take care,

      • Allison says:

        Thanks so much, Stefano! I love your blog, too. (And your philosophy about food and wine pairings 🙂 )
        That’s nice to know about Bogle’s growing practices. We especially like their Old Vine Zinfandel and their Petite Syrah.

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