When cooking spaghetti sauce, red wine should be your first choice. The alcohol content of this type of dish is moderate, and it should have moderate tannins and salt content. Using wine with this type of high alcohol content is ideal. Old World red wines are also good choices, as they are full-bodied and have mild tannins. These are the best wines for cooking, but try a Merlot or Chianti if you want to experiment with different styles.
Wine often has hints of berries and cherries.