A good shot of wine in the sauce and reds and whites are perfect for adding flavor to the Bolognese sauce. The red wine brings a rich robustness to the sauce, while the white wine adds a fruity flavor. The flavor of the wine will become more concentrated as it cooks.

Whether red or white, look for something medium-bodied, balanced and with an interesting flavor profile. While it may be tempting to use cheap wine for cooking, keep in mind that the flavor of the wine will seep into the sauce. We always stick to the basic rule: no drinking, no cooking. And remember, you won’t use all the bottles of the sauce, so you’ll probably drink them too!

In that spirit, we present to you…

Our best wine for Bolognese sauce Reviews and comparisons

1. Rodano Bottesola 46 Chianti Classico 2015

Main product characteristics

It makes sense that an Italian wine goes well with an Italian dish. The best wine for spaghetti sauce is probably the Chianti, made from Sangiovese grapes. Moderate tannins and a full range of flavors, from cherry and leaf to mushroom and tobacco, add depth to any red sauce.

A traditional and hearty Chianti Classico, perfectly matched (and combined) with a traditional and hearty Bolognese sauce. Rodano’s cellar dates back to the 16th century. It is now owned by the same family.


  • Variety: 90% 10% Canaiolo & Colorino, Italian Red
  • Title : Chianti Classico, Tuscany.
  • The wine: Rodano
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Bottle: 750 ml

What we like about Rodano Bottesola 46 Chianti Classico 2015

Use this Chianti Classico in a Bolognese sauce, and its delicious earthiness when combined with other ingredients will bring out all its flavor.

With aromas of wild cherries, plums and dark spices. The grapes for Rodano Bottesola 46 Chianti Classico 2015 were grown organically. Maturation takes 30 months in French Barrel 46 (20HL barrel) and production is limited to just 223 dozen.

Like all good traditional Sangiovese wines, it has a nice lively acidity that adds freshness and concentration to the Bolognese sauce.

What we don’t like about Rodano Bottesola 46 Chianti Classico 2015

Some may find it too bitter, peppery and sour. In addition, a hint of tobacco can be removed.

Overall, it lacks a bit of herbal notes to balance the viscosity and minerality.


  • A beautiful color and a nice bouquet
  • The classic Sangiovese – the perfect wine for a meal


  • Powerful and traditional Sangiovese, but unbalanced and unexpected.
  • Too smart and too drunk

2. Reata Pinot Noir 2018

Main product characteristics

Pinot Noir’s subtle flavors, usually a blend of aromatic red fruits and earth, are excellent for cooking because they don’t overwhelm most ingredients, even when in high concentration. Pinot noir also sometimes has a mushroom flavor that goes well with a Bolognese sauce.

The 2018 Reata Pinot Noir brings together grapes from three counties on the California coast that are best known for Pinot Noir.


  • Variety: Pinot Noir, California Red.
  • Title : Three counties, California
  • The wine: Reata
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Bottle size: 750 ml

What we want in the Reata Pinot Noir 2018

It is a complex and layered wine with aromatic red fruits. The maturation in French oak barrels provides a subtle spiciness and structure. Well balanced with sweet tannins, it has a long finish.

The Reata Pinot Noir has lots of cream and ripe black cherries, while the Reata Pinot Noir has lots of mid-palate.

What we don’t like about the Reata Pinot Noir 2018

The nose is dominated by green stalks and pines, with no discernible fruit. There is almost no taste in the mouth.

We found the 2018 Reata Pinot Noir to be a bit overdone with the dominant vanilla.


  • Bold, but not overwhelming.
  • Delicious with a rich taste and a perfect balance.
  • A bright red. Very light and fruity with a hint of spice.


  • Not the Pinot Noir experience you’d expect.
  • Good ending with a little acidity.

3. Marchesi di Barolo Ruvei Barbera d’Alba 2017

Main product characteristics

Barolo or Barbaresco, Italy’s most popular red wine, can be a treat in a Bolognese sauce. However, they are made in part from the Nebbiolo grape variety and have wonderful flavors and a serious acidity-tannin structure that is fantastic with Bolognese.

And if you buy all the best meat and other ingredients, why not wine?


  • Variety: Barbera and Nebbiolo, Italian red wine
  • Title : Barolo, Piedmont
  • The wine: Ruwei
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Bottle size: 750 ml

What we like about Marchesi di Barolo Ruvei Barbera d’Alba 2017

Remember our general rule: The wine you use for the sauce is the one you end up drinking. The Marchesi di Barolo Ruvei Barbera d’Alba 2017 is perfect for any meal and any occasion.

It has a beautiful ruby red color with hints of purple. The aroma is fruity, with hints of blackberry and red fruit jam, and fresh, with vanilla and toasted hazelnut spice. Full-bodied and full of flavor, well-balanced and blended. The clean oak, with just the right amount of light acidity, complements the other flavors.

What we don’t like about Marchesi di Barolo Ruvei Barbera d’Alba 2017

It’s a little light for Barber, with high acidity and little tannin.

We would have preferred the red fruit to be more dominant.


  • Very nice and very smooth.
  • Light, slowly melting aftertaste
  • Good dry finish and earthy tones


  • Too sour and even sour in the mouth.
  • The smell is not as strong as the taste

4. Pacific Pinot Gris 2016

Main product characteristics

Crisp, neutral and generally not too sweet, this pinot gris is an excellent choice for any recipe where you want a sweet and pleasant taste. But for a Bolognese sauce, the white, which is a bit riper, richer and sweeter, might be even better. You’ll find it all in this Pinot Gris.

Pinot Gris is a specialty wine from the Northwestern United States, their version of the Italian Pinot Grigio, because the growing conditions are perfect for bringing out its vibrant personality.


  • Variety: Pinot Gris, northwestern United States.
  • Title : Washington, Oregon
  • The wine: Pacific Flyover
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Bottle: 750 ml

What we like about the Pacific Flyway Pinot Gris 2016

The 2016 Pacific Flyway Pinot Gris has aromas of tropical guava accented by refreshing notes of citrus and aromatic flowers.

Very affordable and very friendly, this wine is very good for Bolognese sauce and perfect for all occasions.

What we don’t like about the Pacific Flyway Pinot Gris 2016

Of course, it depends on personal preferences, but you may prefer the rich and bold flavor of red Bolognese sauce.


  • Oiled and smooth
  • Very refreshing.
  • A fruity wine at a good price


  • Too sweet with a slight bitterness at the end.
  • Fruity and not dry enough

5. San Felice Il Grigio Riserva Chianti Classico 2016

Main product characteristics

The first smell of this Chianti Classico Riserva will evoke images or, if you are lucky, memories of the hills of Tuscany. Also spaghetti bolognese, which you may have already tried.

San Felice Il Grigio Riserva Chianti Classico 2016 goes well with your entire menu, not just pasta; antipasti, grilled steaks and aged soft cheeses are all welcome.


  • Variety: Sangiovese, Italian red wine
  • Title : Chianti Classico, Tuscany.
  • The wine: San Felice
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Bottle: 750 ml

What we like about San Felice Il Grigio Riserva Chianti Classico 2016

It is a beautiful dark wine with sweet aromas of ripe cherries and dried blackberries. But there’s just the right amount of spice and sweet tobacco resin to balance out the beautiful intensity of the fruit.

The San Felice Il Grigio Riserva Chianti Classico 2016 is a refined red wine with very fine tannins and a medium to full body. It is perfectly structured, has an aromatic finish and is one of the most appreciated red wines in Italy.

What we don’t like about the San Felice Il Grigio Riserva Chianti Classico 2016

Lighter than most Chianti Classico, , the dry, fruity finish may not be for everyone.

It has a strong alcoholic taste, but is consumed during the preparation of the Bolognese sauce.


  • It’s unrealistic, especially at this price.
  • Spicy and full flavor
  • Will continue to develop


  • The next day again a subtle taste


Red or white, the choice of wine for the Bolognese sauce is a personal preference. It’s important to choose the best wine you’re willing to spend, because you’re most likely to drink it.

Most people probably prefer red in red sauce and opt for the mantra when in Rome, or in this case, in Bologna. It may be a wine from neighboring Tuscany, but the high price offered by the San Felice Il Grigio Riserva Chianti Classico 2016 makes it our choice as the best wine for Bolognese sauce.

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