It’s a mid-week classic. But the BIG question is: what wines work best to make your spaghetti bolognese taste like MAGIC?!

We tackle this weighty issue like the true gannets we are, featuring some delicious Italian reds (Montepulciano + Valpolicella Ripasso) as well as more quirky pairings, from a South African Syrah to a Chilean Pais. 

All the while talking through WHY things work as much as the specific wines themselves. (Oh, and there’s mention of Pinky and Perky too – listen to find out more…)

Pairing wines with everyday dishes is really fun. Have a go yourself! Let us know what weird and wonderful discoveries you make.


This episode is brought to you in association with Wine Club by Majestic – a service where you subscribe to receive a different case of wine four times a year. What’s more, when you sign up you get the value of your first case back in money-off vouchers to spend in Majestic stores or online – plus a magazine that not only explains the wines but also gives you delicious recipes to match.

The wines are available from Majestic – or exclusively through the Wine Club, as per the notes.

Prices are either for the whole case (for the Wine Club) or the mix-six price at Majestic. NB: Wine Club wines are available seasonally so will change in time (the current region at the time of publication is South Africa).


Everyone has their own favourite bolognese recipe and this just happens to be ours. We love it because it’s simple and makes a nice tasty version of bolognese that seems to suit the whole family.

Download our spaghetti bolognese recipe