Pizza and wine are a match made in heaven, but it is important to get the pairing right. Some of the wines that you may want to choose for pairing with pizza include red wines, sparkling wines and even some white wines for specific types of pizza. Here are a few of the best wines to consider for pairing when you have a Friday night pizza date:
Classic Italian Pizzas and Mild Red or Rose Wines
Pizza may seem like a casual food but pairing it with the right wine may be more difficult than you think. Combinations of ingredients, base sauces and meat make mild red wines the best choice for classic pizzas. Some of the best wines for the pizzas we all know, and love include:
- Chateau Lestrille Capmartin Bordeaux Clairet for spicy pepperoni pizza
- Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016 For Classic Margherita (tomato sauce) and cheese pizza
- Lambrusco Palazzo Vecchio Rosso to a mild wine to pair with authentic Italian pizza
The best wines for pairing with pizza are those that help to bring out the flavours of ingredients without overpowering them with the flavour of the wine. And, it often depends on the type of pizza and ingredients as to what wine you pair with it.
Pairings for Other Italian Dishes and Meaty or Spicy Pizza Variations
Your date may want to try something other than pizza or choose to order a speciality pizza without the classic ingredients. Here are some wines to pair with dessert and other Italian dishes to cover any situation:
- Reds for BBQ and Pizza with Red Meat
- Red Lambrusco for pizza with meaty flavours
Prosecco and Italian Sparkling Wines for Desert Dishes
If you want to impress your dinner guest, pair desert dishes with mildly sweat sparkling wines. Prosecco is an excellent choice, for sweater deserts, choose brut sparkling wines, and for deserts with less sugar, pair them with seco, semi seco or dolce sparkling wines.
As you can see, choosing the right wines to pair with your favourite pizza is harder than you may think. Try some of these wines for your pizza dinner date to match the Italian flavours with the perfect wines.
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is beyond any doubt the most emblematic wine from New-Zealand.
Chateau Lestrille Capmartin Bordeaux Clairet: a rosé wine from Bordeaux produced by Chateau Lestrille Capmartin.