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What to Drink with Ina Garten's Meatloaf - Recipe Included

Fri, Dec 02, 22  |  recipe & wine pairing

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing quite like having savory meatloaf and a glass of rich, soul-warming red wine for dinner. Clearly, this combo is on the minds of folks dropping by the store, as we have been asked several times over the past few weeks: What is the best meatloaf and wine pairing?

So we took it upon ourselves to find a great meatloaf recipe from Ina Garten for the the 1770 House and then conducted a little survey among our staff to see which wines WE would drink with this homey, delicious fare.

When it comes to meatloaf and wine pairing, there were some clear winners. The consensus was to pair meatloaf with juicy, rich, spicy red wines.  This profile fits several types of wines and our staff selections reflect an array of options.

Lisa Schock: Certified Sommelier, Italy and Germany/Alsace Wine Buyer

What Wines would you pair with Meatloaf?
Cabernet Franc, or a Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc blend like Baby Blue.

Why?
I feel that every grape in the blend brings something to the party. Cabernet is rich fruit and structure, Cabernet Franc adds a little earthy spice and the Merlot rounds it all out.  This combination kind of matches the flavors in the dish, which makes for highly satisfying sipping.  Cab Franc, with its rich dark, ripe fruit and black pepper nuance would also work nicely with the meatloaf.

Ambrose Havey: France, California Wine Buyer, Industry Veteran

What Wines would you pair with Meatloaf?
Zinfandel and even better, Zinfandel Blends!

Why?
Due to the variety of meats and other ingredients used, you just can’t go wrong with Zinfandel.  Zinfandel is one of the most meat-friendly wines out there.  And no matter what the meat, whether beef or pork or sausage, Zinfandel will combine quite well.  

Tim Reylek: Spirits Buyer and Industry Veteran

What Wines would you pair with Meatloaf?
I would drink a Cotes du Rhone, or a Pellaverga with Ina’s meatloaf. In fact, the recipe looks so good and easy I may just do that tonight!

Why?
I want something light to medium bodied, Cotes du Rhone has pepper and spice that would go well with the pepper and spice in a meatloaf.  Within the Rhone, I would go for a nice Beaumes de Venise. Here you find incredible quality for the value. 

Chris Miller: Certified Advanced Sommelier and Consultant

What Wines would you pair with Meatloaf?
I would go with big, rustic reds.  I like the idea of Rhones – be that a basic Cotes du Rhone a Chateau Neuf du Pape. But I think my first choice would be a Croze Hermitage because it offers even more spice.

Why?
The rustic, spice and earth offered up by Rhones matches the flavors in a meatloaf. Also, the rich spice of Rhones can warm up a cold winter night. 

Harry Brigham: Category Manager, Spirits Buyer, Industry Veteran

What Wines would you pair with Meatloaf?
I would give a Cotes du Rhone or a Montepulciano a try.

Why?
When I think of meatloaf, I think of meat, herbs and garlic.  When I think of meat, herbs and garlic, I think of the foods of Provence and Northern Italy where grapes and herbs bake in the summer sun.  So the perfect meatloaf and wine pairing? A wine that with rich, savory character. Many Cotes du Rhones are a combination of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mouvedre. The fruit in Grenache will highlight the savory aspects of the meat, Syrah is spicy like the garlic, Mouvedre/Cinsault is earthy and can be herbaceous – like the seasoned meat. All these grapes kind of match the taste profile or provide contrast to highlight flavors. A Montepulciano has nice fruit and soft tannins, which I think would offer a simple way to complement the meal.

Many of the varietals mentioned are available at a wide variety of price points. With such a breadth of tasty wines to choose from, which meatloaf and wine pairing will you choose? Let us know which wines YOU like best with Ina’s 1770 House meatloaf.  You can comment right back here on our blog, on Facebook, or in the store.  We are excited to hear your opinions!