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Pairing wine with pizza

Pairing wine with pizza

WHICH WINE GOES WITH PIZZA?

The answer is lots of wine goes well with Pizza, it all depends on your topping choice (which we should have you covered) red, white, even pink – great pizza pairings come in all the colours of the wine rainbow.

PIZZA NIGHT

Whether you’re phoning your favourite pizza takeaway, popping a favourite from the supermarket in the oven or dabbling in creating your own artisanal masterpiece with an array of toppings that may (arguably) go on a posh pizza, it's a great way way to enjoy an easy meal at home. Great pizza nights are about more than just food, they are about not cooking and relaxing and enjoying a family staple that is all the more enjoyable with some cracking wines. Here’s a guide to all the best pizza and wine pairings, from sweet whites to dry reds, Margheritas to Hawaiians and everything in between.

RED WINE WITH PIZZA

MERLOT WITH BBQ CHICKEN PIZZA

Merlot pairs well with grilled chicken, BBQ ribs and burgers. Combine the two tastes on a BBQ chicken pizza for a match made in heaven. Neither too dry nor too sweet, this full-bodied and flavoursome wine gives dishes with contrasting flavours a real zing. This Merlot food pairing helps the smoky and sweet notes to each find their time to shine – without being overpowering.

SHIRAZ WITH PEPPERONI PIZZA

Pepperoni is a classic pizza topping, so it can be tempting to reach for your go-to bottle of white – but the pepperoni flavour we’ve all come to love is meaty, subtly spicy and laced with tomato. This fruity base gives pepperoni pizza a certain acidity of its own, so zesty wines won’t do. No – to give pepperoni pizza the crown it deserves, you need a fruit-forward red wine with a spice of its own that isn’t overly acidic, such as a glass of shimmering Shiraz.

MALBEC WITH MEAT FEAST

Like fish and chips or Bonnie and Clyde, some things are just meant to be together. In the world of pizza and wine pairings, the Malbec meat feast is one such classic combination. Malbec is robust, comparatively dry, and low on tannins, which gives it a subtle after-taste that works famously well with meat. In fact, it’s often enjoyed with steaks and peppery grills. “Montañes Malbec” is a great red wine to enjoy with pizza – especially when said pizza is loaded with ham, chicken, spicy beef and many layers of pepperoni.

 

WHITE WINE WITH PIZZA

For those who love the lighter side of life (no Monty Python reference intended), there’s good news. White wine is also a great combination with pizza, suiting cheesy and fruity pizzas which are lighter on meat.

PINOT GRIGIO WITH MARGHERITA

An iconic pizza deserves a winning wine – and Pinot Grigio ticks all the boxes. The light and refreshing qualities of pinot grigio grapes make food pairing a little less complicated– especially with easy-going Margherita pizzas. The light, herbal aroma of Pinot Grigio will draw out any basil without eclipsing the taste of tomato and mozzarella. In fact, the best Pinot Grigio food pairings are often found in simple ingredients – especially cheese and light tomato sauces.

CHARDONNAY WITH WHITE CHEESE PIZZA

The pairing of food and wine is a subtle art. Chardonnay is delicious on its own but pairing with food can be a balancing act. This dry and smooth white retains its flavour best with creamy, tame dishes – such as cheese pizza made without tomato purée. It’s a winning pizza and wine combination suited to sunny afternoons spent lounging in the garden.

SAUVIGNON BLANC WITH HAWAIIAN

Now, here we have a Pizza where the toppings are as divisive as a Biden/Trump election. Should pineapple go on a pizza? We’re not here to judge so whatever floats your boat, we’ll stay impartial.  Pour a glass of  Sauvignon Blanc and enjoy. This dry white balances out the super-sweet taste of pineapple and beautifully enhances the salty flavour of ham. Alternatively, sweet wine enhances the pineapple, which can be controversial but not sure we’re ready to go there just yet…We say: you do you, boo!

 

ROSÉ WINE WITH PIZZA

Some of the best wine to enjoy with pizza is neither white nor red, but a dazzling combination of the two. Rose is heavenly and summery – the perfect partner for Italian food.

PINOT GRIGIO BLUSH WITH VEGETARIAN PIZZA

Pinot Grigio blush is soft and subtle, but with a splash more sweetness than its white wine sister Pinot Grigio for a delicious contrast to the bitter crunch of peppers, sweetcorn, broccoli, mushrooms or courgettes. Vegetable pizza is a great way to make pizza night nutritious and Pink Pinot Grigio makes the experience more delicious.

WHITE ZINFANDEL WITH PIZZA NAPOLI

The best White Zinfandel food pairing is probably seafood, thanks to the wine’s mild, sweeter taste which borrows tannins from its red sister, but without the pigmentation. This makes White Zinfandel a more drinkable alternative to red wine – it pairs well with crab and mild fish. Napoli is a great partner for White Zinfandel on pizza night since the soft, sweet aroma really enhances the salty taste of anchovies.

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