There are few culinary experiences more comforting than a big bowl of pasta and an equally large glass of wine. Here are three bottles to pair with your favourite noodles
Zonin Brut Prosecco 1821, $13.95
This inexpensive sparkler is also available in a three-pack of single-serve 200-mL bottles. Pop the cork with linguini in a white clam sauce.
Ponce notes: “Compared to the average Prosecco at the LCBO, this is drier, tangier, and less frilly. Its lemony acidity is a natural with seafood, and the frothy bubbles stand up to the salty clams.”
Tic Tok Pocketwatch Chardonnay 2012, $14.95
This label is named for owner Robert Oatley’s great-great-grandfather, a watchmaker and convict transported to Australia in 1815. Pour with mac and cheese.
Ponce notes: “Offering ripe, new-world fruit and impeccable old-world balance, its buttery richness is in sync with cheesy macaroni, but there’s enough acidity to temper the creamy sauce.”
Emiliana Adobe Reserva Merlot 2011, $12.95
From Chile’s Rapel Valley, this organic red contains a 15 per cent dose of Syrah. Open with pasta Bolognese.
Ponce notes: “Giving a lot of bang for the buck, the spicy finish of this big Merlot is a terrific choice with meat sauce, while its plummy flavours hit the mark with nutty Parmigiano.”