Need some hearty comfort food? Check out this amazing recipe for Slow Cooker Meatballs and Marinara (courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen) that was featured on Savory Simple. You’ll need about 30 minutes of prep time to get these going in the slow cooker, but about 4 hours later you’ll have a mouthwatering dinner. Pair it with one of these wines to make the meal even better.
Slow Cooker Meatballs and Marinara Wine Pairing
Several wines will work with these savory meatballs, but we like those that offer bright, vibrant acidity making them great candidates for meats and foods with high amounts of acid, like this marinara sauce.
Chianti Red Blend: Gabbiano Il Cavaliere Chianti ~ $8
This wine is full of sour cherries, blackberries, plums, herbs, and even violets. Medium-bodied with a dry finish, this wine is meant for a meaty dish with a rich sauce, like these meatballs and marinara. It’s also a great value for a weeknight dinner.
Sangiovese: Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico ~ $23
An elegant Chianti with deep cherry, plum, and savory herb flavors and aromas. The palate has fine tannins, more rich cherry fruit, and earthy undertones. The mix of fruity, earthy, and savory is perfect for the flavorful meatballs and rich sauce.
Nero d’Avola: Villa Pozzi Nero d’Avola ~ $9
From Sicily, this wine was practically made for meatballs. Intense and perfumed with berries, herbs, vanilla, and spice characteristics. It’s full-bodied with some richness on the palate and has vibrant acidity, making it a good match for the tomato sauce.
Pinot Noir: A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir ~ $18
From Oregon, this Pinot Noir has bright cranberry, raspberry, and cherry flavors and bright acidity. Medium-bodied and well balanced; this is a great value for Oregon Pinot for this price and pairs with a wide variety of food, including this dish.
Pinot Noir: Bernardus Pinot Noir ~ $24
This Pinot Noir, from Monterey County, California, offers bright red cherry and boysenberry flavors and aromas. Medium-bodied in the mouth, with more red berries, spice, some earthy notes, and a plush texture that will blend seamlessly with the rich meatballs.
Other Recipe & Wine Pairings
- Sicilian Meatballs and Nero d’Avola Wine Pairing
- Cranberry and Red Wine Meatballs
- Meatloaf and Wine Pairing
- Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce and Wine Pairing
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