Your low-key Friday night just got a lot fancier! Here are some of the best pizza and wine pairings (order not important):
1. Margherita Pizza + Barbera d’Alba
Margherita is a classic Italian pizza rich in red tomato sauce with earthy tones of basil and adorned with creamy mozzarella. This simple, yet scrumptious Neapolitan pizza pairs perfectly with Barbera d'Alba: a tangy red wine. The acidity of Barbera d'Alba compliments the pizza's sauce.
2. Cheese Pizza + Grenache
Who knew a late night classic could transform into a refined treat? Grenache is generally spicy, berry-flavored red wine that is soft on the palate. Similar to the Margherita and Barbera d'Alba, it's acidity amplifies the pizza's tomato sauce flavor, making for a harmonious duo.
3. Pepperoni Pizza + Sangiovese
Forget Romeo and Juliet. Pepperoni and cheese are arguably the most lovable Italian star-crossed lovers. Pair it with the right wine, and you're in for a dynamic flavor combination. The fat content from the pepperoni imbues its flavor throughout the cheese. Smart pairing for this choice: an herbaceous Sangiovese red.
4. Hawaiin Pizza + Riesling
Ah, Hawaiin Pizza. This is a questionable choice for many. We would like to put your doubts to rest and assure you that salty/savory ham paired with the sweet, tangy pineapple is delicious, even more so when matched with the right wine. The marriage of the acidity and sweet creates a lovely and bright flavor profile. A crisp Riesling with a slice of Hawaiin Pizza is both pleasant and refreshing.
5. Sausage + Pinotage
For a bold, fennel-infused pizza like Sausage Pizza, you will want a bold wine to match. Full-bodied wines Pinotage naturally work well with rich meats like sausage and results in an intensified flavor.
Feel like making your own pizza? Pirro's Pizza Sauce goes perfectly with any of these pizza styles. Check it out!