When it comes to pairing pizza and wine, it’s all about the toppings and the sauce. You want to go for wines that will enhance the flavours of the toppings and the sauce and complement them without overpowering them.
Most Italian styled wines like Fiano, Sangiovese, and Nebbiolo tend to work with a wide variety of different sauces and toppings. But today, let’s look at 5 ultimate pizza and wine pairings that can be your go-to for your next takeout nights.
The classic margherita pizza is a go-to for many of us, and pairing it with a dry Italian rosé is the ideal choice.
The juiciness of the fruit and the freshness in the rosé helps cut through the creaminess of the cheese, getting you prepared for the next bite.
Savoury, spicy meats that have a bit of body demand red wines. So for those who love a pepperoni pizza from time to time, or perhaps even a loaded meat lovers pie, a Chianti Classico or a Barbera D’Asti would be a great choice.
With its cherry fruit, savoury, spicy flavours, and tangy acidity, these wines work brilliantly with meat based pizzas.
White pizza might not be our first choice of pizza, but when we’re going all gourmet, this is a must try.
The white pizza with fresh vegetable toppings like mushrooms and rocket leaves that have herbaceous but earthy flavours would pair impeccably with a crisp white. Try a Pinot Grigio or a Gavi with this one.
A barbecue chicken pizza brings together the delicious sweet and savoury flavours together. For a pizza like this, you’d ideally want to pair it with something light bodied and fruity - so a Pinot Noir would be absolutely perfect.
The fruitiness and tannins of the Pinot Noir will complement the chicken brilliantly with the barbecue chicken, without overpowering the flavours.
When it comes to Hawaiian pizza, you want something that will work well with both the ham and the pineapple, without overpowering the flavours. In this case, an off-dry riesling would be delightful. The acidity of the riesling will act as the perfect balance between the ham and pineapple, and will also act as a great palate cleanser in between slices.
Originally published August 2, 2022