Fettucini Alfredo is almost as ubiquitous in American casual dining as the hamburger. Since the mid-80's it seems every casual dining restaurant offers some alfredo sauce dish. With this in mind, we asked our panel of experts for their recommendations on what wine to match with rich, buttery, creamy, cheesy alfredo sauce pasta dishes: Pasta Alfredo. To me that brings up thoughts of northern Italy. I am a believer in matching foods to their regions if possible. There are some great wines made in northern Italy. I think for fare like this though, there is no need to break the bank on an expensive Barolo or Amarone (although if you feel inclined I am sure they would be lovely). I am going to recommend Barbera. This grape is grown in the Piedmont region of Italy. In the last few years, Buy Vietti Barbera D'Asti Tre Vigne Barbera has been rediscovered and many different styles are being made ranging from thin and acidic to oak driven fruit bombs. I prefer them somewhere in between. I am going to recommend the 2006 (although the 2004 and 2005 are perhaps even better) Vietti Barbera D’Asti Tre Vigne . This should cost around $20 or less on the retail shelves. It has an abundance of fruit and great acidity to cut thru the cream sauce . It is one of the better food wines and a great match for a cream sauce. If you really want to indulge, add a few shaved truffles on the top for a great meal. - Loren Sonkin , IntoWine.com Featured Contributor and the Founder/Winemaker at Sonkin Cellars.
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