Best Wine with Gnocchi

Gnocchi is a simple dish that’s often overlooked, but it’s actually the perfect accompaniment to any wine. Gnocchi is made from potatoes and flour and has a light, fluffy texture. It pairs wonderfully with a wide range of sauces like pesto or tomato sauce. It also makes an excellent base for cheese sauces like béchamel.

Seven Great Wine Pairings for Gnocchi

There are many wines that pair with gnocchi so it isn’t particularly challenging to find one you like. That said, I have selected the following 7 wines that I think work best. These selections are based on the flavor profile and characteristics of the wine and of course the gnocchi. Let’s look at each one in turn.

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is a wine that pairs well with Gnocchi because it has a crisp, fresh taste. The fruity flavors of Sauvignon Blanc complement the delicate flavor of gnocchi. If you’re looking for a dry white wine to pair with your meal, Sauvignon Blanc should be at the top of your list.

Sauvignon Blanc is native to Bordeaux, France. It was originally used to make dry wines similar to Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. It later became popular in New Zealand as well.

The pairing with gnocchi isn’t too far-fetched. Gnocchi is small dumplings made from potatoes (or flour or semolina flour) that can be served plain or dressed up with sauces like pesto or tomato sauce. As such, they have a lot of texture and don’t have particularly strong flavors themselves. This means they pair well with pretty much anything.

So if you’re looking for a wine pairing for your next batch of homemade gnocchi, try something crisp and fresh like Sauvignon Blanc.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a white wine and it pairs well with seafood, chicken, and even gnocchi. It works with gnocchi because it’s light, crisp, and fresh. If you’re looking for a pairing that will cut through the starchiness of the gnocchi while still complementing its flavors, then a Chardonnay is your best bet. The wine’s aromatic notes of pear, apple, and citrus will make it an easy match with your next batch of homemade potato dumplings.

Chardonnay is a dry wine, so it’s best to pair it with something that has some salt or fat in it. For example, you could pair your gnocchi with butter or olive oil sauce or drizzle some truffle oil over the top. Any of these options will give the wine something to stick to and will make for a better pairing overall.

Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris is a light, fruity wine that pairs well with seafood, pasta, and poultry. The color ranges from light yellow to pinkish-amber. Pinot Gris can be made from many different grapes but the Pinot Gris grape is the variety most commonly used for this wine. It has an aromatic nose of citrus fruits like lemon and lime or peach. It also has notes of green apple and melon.

The dry version will have flavors of ripe apples or pineapple while the sweet version is often described as honeyed or floral (think honeysuckle). This works well with gnocchi because the wine and gnocchi both have a creamy texture.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a light to medium-bodied red wine made from the Pinot Noir grape. The color of this red wine ranges from light to dark, depending on how long it has aged. This varietal usually has a cherry or strawberry flavor and pairs well with the gnocchi.

It’s important that you purchase a dry Pinot Noir that is not overly fruity so it can pair nicely with the subtle flavors of gnocchi. Pinot Noir pairs well with a variety of foods, including cheese and chocolate. You can also try it with duck or salmon.

The dry, fruity taste of this varietal is perfect for pairing with gnocchi because it complements the subtle flavors while adding its own distinct flavor profile.

Sangiovese

If you’re looking for a wine that pairs well with gnocchi and has a bold, rich flavor, Sangiovese is your best bet. This red wine grape variety is grown in Italy, where it’s used to make some of the country’s most popular wines. It can be identified by its full body and dark color. Think deep purple color.

If you’re not sure which Sangiovese to try but want something with the same qualities as a Brunello di Montalcino or Chianti Classico, look for an estate-bottled Tuscan Sangiovese from producers like Antinori or Tenuta San Guido.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a great match for gnocchi, but it should be served with the right accompaniments. While the wine itself has a strong flavor that can overpower the dish, it pairs wonderfully with Italian dishes that are rich in red sauce. The fruity notes of Cabernet Sauvignon also complement gnocchi’s creamy texture and soft bites.

If you’re looking for a wine with similar characteristics to the classic pairing, try a Cabernet Sauvignon from California. Try an estate-bottled Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from producers like Robert Mondavi or Beringer Vineyards.

Merlot

Merlot is a great red wine to pair with gnocchi. This particular style of wine is soft, and smooth and has a light body that pairs well with the mild taste of gnocchi. The earthiness of Merlot will add depth to your dish while complementing its texture as well.

The rich flavor of Merlot will bring out all of the wonderful flavors in your gnocchi, without overpowering it. The smooth texture of this wine also pairs well with the creamy texture of the gnocchi.

Recommended Recipe

This recipe by Liz Mervosh on foodandwine.com is for Potato Gnocchi with butter and cheese and comes highly recommended. If you want to make your own gnocchi, you’ll be hard-pushed to beat this.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many different types of wines that pair well with the gnocchi. The whites are my preference and if I had to choose one it would be Sauvignon blanc. The crisp, freshness is perfect with the starchy, texture of the gnocchi.

That said, red wine fans will also appreciate the Cabernet Sauvignon pairing. Especially when served with a tomato-based sauce like it often is.

If you liked this post, please check out my other posts on the Best wines with Pesto.