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This Chicken Marsala recipe looks fancy but is simple to prepare for a weeknight dinner or easy entertaining. Try it with one of these wines. | Wine4.Me/blog

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Chicken Marsala is a classic Italian dish that pairs well with either white or red wine. It’s perfect for entertaining when your guests may have a preference. This Chicken Marsala recipe from A Zesty Bite looks fancy but is simple to prepare for a weeknight dinner or easy entertaining. Make it for yourself or for guests and try it with one of these wines.

Chicken Marsala Wine Pairing

Both white wines and reds work equally well with a versatile dish like Chicken Marsala. For reds, look for light-bodied wines with mild tannins. For whites, you can opt for a full-bodied Chardonnay to match the weight and buttery texture of the dish or opt for something light and acidic to cut through the rich sauce and act as a palate cleanser. These will all work nicely with this version of the dish.

Pinot Noir: King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir ~ $18

Pinot Noir is a classic match for Chicken Marsala because of the earthy mushrooms and mild sauce. You’ll find bright aromas of red berry fruit (cherries and cranberries primarily), along with some mild cola, spice, and earthy undertones that will compliment the mushrooms nicely. This is also an excellent value for an Oregon Pinot Noir.

Montepulciano: Valle Reale Vigneto di Popoli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ~ $17

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is considered to be quite food-friendly, and this one is no exception. You’ll find lots of dark berry fruit, black cherry, plum, and some spice. The dark berries and spicy notes will balance well with the flavorful gravy.

Rhone Red Blends: Perrin & Fils Vacqueyras Les Christins ~ $20

Vibrant and intense aromas of both red and black berries, peppery spice, violets, and plum on the nose of this blend of Grenache and Syrah. It’s medium-bodied on the palate with a slightly rich texture and mild tannins that won’t overwhelm the dish.

Chardonnay: Dierberg Estate Vineyard Chardonnay ~ $28

A full-bodied, oaked Chardonnay like this one is a great match for the rich, buttery gravy of Chicken Marsala and the tender meat and mushrooms. This Chardonnay was aged 16 months in oak barrels and has a rich mouthfeel but with bright acidity and fresh tropical flavors to balance out the rich body. Everything about this wine screams for a dish like this.

Pinot Grigio: Hogue Cellars Pinot Grigio ~ $9

If you’re looking for something bright and fresh, try out this Pinot Grigio. You’ll find vibrant citrus aromas and flavors along with some juicy peach. The refreshing nature of this wine will cut through the richness of the dish and brighten everything up quite nicely. Plus, this one is an excellent value for a weeknight.

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