Pairing pizza with wine can be a tricky business. But you can quickly become an expert with a few tips and tricks! Whether you’re indulging in a classic cheese pizza or one with something more daring, like pepperoni, the right wine can take your meal to the next level. Here’s how to master the art of pairing pizza and wine.
The White Pizza + Sparkling Rosé
When it comes to white pizzas, you want something that will cut through the richness of the cheese without overpowering it. Unlike a standard cheese pizza, your slice of white doesn’t have a tomato base, so you can pair it with a wine you wouldn’t usually serve with pizza. Sparkling Rosé is an excellent choice for this type of pizza. It has enough acidity to stand up to the creaminess of the cheese while still being light and refreshing. Plus, its bubbles add an extra bit of fun to your meal!
Pepperoni + Bold, Spicy Reds
Pepperoni pizzas are all about bold flavors and spices. To match them, you need a bold red wine that won’t be overwhelmed by the pepperoni’s spiciness. Look for wines like Garnacha or Cabernet Franc with enough tannins to withstand the heat but with plenty of fruit flavor. Another good option is a Shiraz with plenty of dark fruit flavors that can stand up to the spiciness.
Classic Cheese + Pinot Noir
For classic cheese pizzas, you want something that will complement rather than overpower the subtle flavors of the cheese and tomato sauce. A good Pinot Noir is always a safe bet here, as its bright fruit notes will bring out the sweetness in both ingredients without being too heavy-handed. With a light, medium-bodied Pinot Noir, you can’t go wrong!
Vegetarian + Lighter Reds
If you’re looking for the perfect pairing for a vegetarian pizza, you want something that won’t be too heavy or overpowering. Choose a lighter red wine like Gamay or an Italian Sangiovese. These wines have enough acidity to balance out the richness of the cheese, but they won’t overpower any of the subtle flavors of the other ingredients. Also, their lighter body makes them the perfect pairing for a thinner-crust pizza.
Margherita + Chianti Classico
A Margherita pizza is all about freshness and simplicity, so you want a wine that won’t distract from those qualities. Chianti Classico is your best choice here, as its bright acidity and subtle tannins will bring out the flavors of tomatoes and basil without taking away from their delicate nature. Choose a Chianti Classico Riserva for an even more complex flavor profile!
Now that you know how to pair pizza with wine like an expert, why not put your newfound knowledge into practice? Trattoria Toscana in Temecula, CA, offers some of the best Italian food around – including delicious pizzas – paired with some of Italy’s finest wines! Contact us today for more information on our menu or wine club to explore the perfect pizza pairings!