Whether it’s for date night or a girl’s night in, nothing beats the delectable and comforting combination of pizza and wine. If you’re a wine enthusiast, you probably know white varieties typically pair well with seafood and veggie dishes, while full-bodied reds work well with red meat. But how do you select a glass to pair with your favorite pie? Here are four tips to keep in mind.
How to Pair Wine & Pizza
Cheese is the one topping almost everyone can agree on. If you like to keep things simple with a cheese pizza, try a wine that is similarly minimalistic. Avoid those that are very dry or intense and find one that strikes a balance, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel. These varieties will complement the rich cheese flavor while tempering the acidity of a red tomato sauce.
Rich meats, such as sausage and beef, typically go best with full-bodied red wines. The same is true with pizza. If you enjoy a slice loaded with meat toppings, try a strong, fruity wine with notes of blueberry or blackberry, such as Shiraz, Sangiovese, Merlot, or Cabernet Sauvignon.
Veggie pizzas offer endless possibilities, with toppings ranging from mushrooms and artichokes to tomatoes and onions. Sauvignon Blanc’s bright taste is an excellent pairing with most veggie dishes. Dry rose or Pinot Noir also work well with vegetarian pizzas with many different flavors. Sweet port wines can complement earthy flavors, like mushrooms and spinach or eggplant.
Most white pizzas are made with plentiful helpings of garlic and ricotta but no tomatoes, creating a less acidic flavor profile. Try pairing it with a simple, dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, or something with effervescence, such as sparkling white wine or Champagne.
If you have a hankering for a savory slice, stop by Delfiore Pizza & Food Co. in Patchogue, NY. Since 1997, this local Italian restaurant has been serving up delicious pizza pies, pasta, and sandwiches with a range of options to suit any palate. Call (631) 475-3663 to place an order or visit the website to see their menu.