This classic American comfort food can seem like a strange combination with wine. After all, who pairs cafeteria food made from ground up meats with a fine wine?
Interestingly, meatloaf has been getting a new reputation and it’s been appearing on menus at fine restaurants around the country over the last few years. It also pairs well with most red wines. If you don’t have a favorite comfort wine in mind, try this Zinfandel to add some additional depth to the meal.
About Starry Night Lodi Zinfandel 2006
This well-structured and medium-bodied wine from Starry Night has very deep fruity flavors with flavors of pepper and spice and just a bit of mint at the finish. You’ll be surprised at the price of this affordable wine, which is actually lighter than most Zinfandels.
Why It Works
Meatloaf is typically a simple dish that works very well with fruity and uncomplicated red wines. Zinfandel is considered the most all-around food friendly wine so it pairs well no matter which type of meat you use, including sausage, turkey, veal, pork or beef.
Avoid cooking your meatloaf in a pan, allowing it to cook in the fat and juice. Instead, make a free-form loaf or add a slice of bread to the bottom of the pan to absorb the fat. It’s also best to stick with a mix of meat that’s heavy on the beef when you’re pairing it with wine. Half chuck meat mixed with 1/4 pork and 1/4 veal will give you a firm and easy to cut meatloaf.
Meatloaf is one of those meals that can be made with such a variety of meats and seasonings. That’s why you’ll find it almost always pairs well with a Zinfandel. Still, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir are other excellent choices that complement the flavor very well. A Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot will add additional spiciness to the meal and additional depth if your meatloaf turns out dry.