How to Use Red Wine in Pasta Sauce

red wine in pasta sauce

Discover how red wine can add bold flavor to your pasta sauce.

Two of the best parts of an Italian meal are red wine and delicious pasta sauce. They go excellently together, too, and you can find both at Giolitti Deli’s store. But what makes this combination so great, and how can you combine the two for maximum taste? Read on to find out. 

How Alcohol Boosts Flavorful Sauce

The alcohol present in wine actually triggers the release of flavor molecules in the sauce, making every ingredient the wine contacts taste even better. The red wine will also dissolve fats, empowering the sauce ingredients to release nuanced flavors. Other liquids like broth, water, olive oil, or butter do not trigger the same flavor release. 

However, make sure to give the alcohol time to cook off. Once about half of the wine added is cooked away, the sauce’s flavor begins to concentrate and become extra delicious. 

The Acidity of Red Wine

When selecting your red wine, choose one with enough acidity not to be overpowered by the tomato sauce. A Chianti is often popular, as the grape used in that wine has the acid necessary to pair well with tomato sauce. 

Try a Taste Test

If you don’t think you can tell the difference between red wine pasta sauce and regular pasta sauce, try a blind taste test. Have a family member prepare two separate pasta dishes, give each a try, and you will likely notice that one tastes superior. The bold flavor from high-quality red wine can be the x-factor for incredible pasta dishes. 

Authentic Italian Cuisine From Giolitti Deli

Giolitti Deli is a full-service Delicatessen in Annapolis, MD, specializing in authentic Italian cuisine. Founded in 1992, we use the freshest ingredients to make time-honed recipes from scratch, with no MSG or preservatives. We believe in real food and offer many healthy options, including vegetarian and vegan menu items. At Giolitti Deli, we make our own sauces, mozzarella, grilled and roasted vegetables, bread, pizza dough, and desserts, and our sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza, and entrees are made to order. Owner Mary Giolitti has combined her passion for great food and fine wine to offer Annapolis a true taste of Italy!

Team members who also make the business possible include Manager Kathy Hunter, Manager and Catering Director Cheryl Molesky, Head Baker Porfirio Diaz, Chef Alfredo Escobar, and Deli Manager Noe Merino. To contact us, please visit our contact page or give us a call at 410.266.8600. Also, be sure to keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our blog!

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