Best Wine for Meatloaf

Meatloaf is one of the most versatile meals and can be served with a variety of sauces. As such, there are many wine pairings that will bring out the flavor of meatloaf. Including light reds and big whites.

Light reds like Pinot Noir or Bordeaux will pair well with your meal. These wines have enough acidity to cut through the richness of your dish, but also enough fruitiness to complement it. With light reds like these, you may even consider using different glassware than normal. They can sometimes be subtle and in this case, you want to be able to savor every last drop.

Big whites like Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc also make for excellent pairings for meatloaf. They provide a nice contrast in texture: The fat from the meatloaf goes nicely with creamy buttery whites. While its crispy crust balances out the heartiness from heavier styles of white wine (such as Viognier). These wines also tend to have lower alcohol levels than other varieties. So, less chance of getting tipsy, which makes them an ideal choice if you’re watching your weight but still want something tasty.

Pair a healthy serving of meatloaf topped with ketchup with a bold Barolo or Barbaresco. These Italian wines have a lot of complexity to them and will hold their own against the strong flavors in the dish.

  • Barolo and Barbaresco are both Italian wines. They are among the most prestigious and expensive red wines in the world. They are considered by some to be the finest expression of Nebbiolo grapes, which grow in Piedmont, Italy. Both Barolo and Barbaresco have a long history of being associated with meat dishes. So they’re definitely worth trying if you want something bold and complex to match your meatloaf dish.
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If you like your meatloaf served with a sweet tomato glaze, try pairing it with either a Zinfandel or Syrah. Both of which pair nicely with the sweet sauce topping.

If you like your meatloaf served with a sweet tomato glaze, try pairing it with either a Zinfandel or Syrah. Both of these wines are dry red wines, meaning they have been aged in oak barrels. They also have fruity flavors that pair well with both the sweetness of the tomato and the savory flavor of the meatloaf.

Zinfandel grapes are grown in California’s Sonoma Valley. Syrah grapes are grown throughout France, especially in Bordeaux and Rhône-Alpes regions. Both regions also produce rosé wines made from Zinfandel or Syrah grapes. These rosés can be an excellent choice for meatloaf pairings as well.

Meatloaf pairs well with both red and white wine, but not all wines work well with this dish.

Meatloaf is a dish that can be paired with many different sauces, and therefore it’s ideal for experimenting with different wines. However, not all wines are appropriate for pairing with meatloaf. The best wine for meatloaf depends on the type of sauce you choose to serve your meatloaf with.

For white wines, try pairing your meatloaf with Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris. These dry wines work well because they provide a nice acidity to balance out the rich flavor of the beef in your dish. If you’re looking for something slightly sweeter, try pairing your meatloaf with Riesling or Gewurztraminer instead.

For reds, try pairing your meatloaf with Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah/Shiraz (aka Shiraz). These bolder-flavored reds complement the savory nature of this classic comfort food. These wines also bring out meatloaf flavors even more than lighter wines would allow them to do on their own, without overpowering them entirely.

Get Fruity and Up the tannins!

If you are into fruity, juicy wines, go for the California Zinfandel for the meatloaf. Meatloaf pairs well with medium-bodied red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Shiraz. All of which feature plenty of tannins that counterbalance the beefy flavors in this comfort classic. If your Meatloaf is a thick slab of beef, then Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Shiraz would be a much better match. For Meatloaf pairings, stick with California, Chilean, or Australian medium-range Cabernet Sauvignon.

The astringent nature of the tannins in red wines pairs particularly well with meaty, rich dishes, as they help balance out strong flavors. In white wines, we are looking for a lot of acidity. In red, we want to look for lots of tannins. The leathery, peppery, herbal, salty notes so common to Tempranillo and Sangiovese work wonderfully with cheeses and rich red sauces. The tannins cutting through heavy flavors beautifully. A big-bodied wine, with plenty of tannins and peppery flavors, can hold its own against hearty dishes like meatloaf, helping cut through some of their richness.

Versatility of the Reds

Any type of meat can be used in making meatloaf. The acidic nature of medium-bodied Zinfandel makes it an all-purpose red for pairing with meatloaf. It will pair well with beef, turkey, pork, sausage, or whatever other meats you are using in the recipe. Because of its simplicity in flavor, it is an ideal match with any number of red wines. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and, at our house, Bordeaux wines seemed to do wonders. Rich, hearty, savory–the reasons meatloaf is America’s classic comfort food are also the reasons why it is a great red wine partner.

Red wines that have a bit of acidity like Zinfandel, Beaujolais, Barbera, or Dolcetto are also great pairings with meatloaf. Particularly if using lighter cuts of meat like turkey or pork. Darker poultry, such as Duck, Quail, and Goose, all work well with reds. A Crianza red from Rioja would fit the bill, too: A young wine, its medium-bodied, sourness makes for an ideal match for the sweet, tangy notes in meatloaf.

Cabernet Franc, With rich, dark, ripe fruit and hints of black pepper, Cabernet Franc also pairs well with meatloaf. The pairing sort of matches up to the flavors of the dish, making it highly enjoyable to sip. There should also be some degree of sweetness to the wine that matches the sweetness of the meatloaf tomato sauce-like glaze.

Medium-bodied reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Shiraz are all great choices to pair with meatloaf. Since medium-bodied reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon are loaded with enough tannins to harmonize with this classic comfort food. A nice, boozy Shiraz is great with meatloaf since meatloaf’s flavor profile will help to showcase the blueberry and dark fruit flavors in this wine.


By taking the type of meat, seasoning, and your own personal preferences, you will be able to pick the wine that perfectly complements your meatloaf. Pairing your meatloaf with the right wines can take this classic dish to new heights.

Meatloaf was created to be the meal that can stretch a budget, so budget-friendly wines are what I think are the best bets for this dish. From French Bordeaux to Californian Merlot, meatloaf works with a range of wines that elevate the dish.

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