Five wines under $25 that match spaghetti bolognese

Sure, we bet your secret Bolognese recipe is better than ours. Good for you. Here’s our selection of five wines at particularly friendly price points to match this gloriously warming dish (no matter how delicious your recipe actually is).

2015 Lenotti Rosso

Va bene. Here’s a vibrant blend of Sangiovese and Merlot which offers up notes of dark cherries and brambly fruit. Fleshed out with some savoury spice, it’s a plushly textured vino da tavola perfect for mid-week drinking.
Veneto, $20

2016 Chain of Ponds ’Novello’ Dolcetto Shiraz

While unconventional, this blend of Dolcetto and Shiraz is a slurpy wine for the masses. It’s bright and softly fruited with a palate of mulberries, cherries and blackberries combining with a hint of spicy oak.
Adelaide, $16

2014 Trentham Estate ‘The Family’ Nebbiolo

This may be one of the cheapest Nebbiolos on the market but it’s ever so good. Full of the varietal’s classic tar-and-roses notes with bright, crunchy cherry flavours and solid tannins. Perhaps not the most complex neb around but it delivers really enjoyable drinking in a classic Piedmontese mould. Feel like a change from Pinot Noir? Can dig a little more tannin? Give this a go.
Trentham, $15

2015 Tokar Estate ‘Carafe & Tumbler’ Tempranillo

A densely packed Tempranillo filled with notes of dark berries and earthy spice. Being medium to full bodied with an upright tannin structure, a big glass of this will work perfectly alongside a generous meal, such as a big bowl of Bolognese.
Yarra Valley, $25

2016 Beal & Co. Little Red

“Made from 100% Merlot” isn’t a phrase that excites many wine drinkers. Lately, though, we’ve encountered a clutch of wines that’ve made us think twice before dismissing Paul Giamatti’s infamous bête noire. This little red is fresh, vibrant and full of energy. The real attribute of the wine is in the way it balances concentrated, crunchy berry and spice notes with clean acidity.
Adelaide Hills, $24