Pizza happens once a week in our house, and we’re willing to bet it’s common in your abode, too! It may not be fancy, but a glass of wine with your pizza gives an elevation to the meal you’ll just have to try to believe. Pick out your favorite cheesy option, and you’ll know just what to grab at the liquor store for pizza night!
1. Plain Pepperoni & Syrah
Pepperoni is a fatty meat. Its (delicious) juices spread throughout the entire pizza giving it a slightly spicy, multi-leveled taste. To handle a pizza with this depth, reach for a Syrah. Full bodied red wine has what it takes to pair with fatty meats. If you’re a white wine fan, test out a Sauvignon Blanc. Look for a bottle with bright citrus aromas to stand up to the pepperoni!
2. Extra Cheese & Chianti
Italian fare and Italian wine go hand in hand, obvi! Pair an Italian Chianti with your tomato based, cheese covered pizza and you’ll be in heaven —we promise!
3. Quattro Formaggi & White Crozes-Hermitage
The best four cheese pizzas include bleu cheese. As it’s a mighty strong flavor, its best to pair your wine choice directly with the bleu cheese. Pick up a vintage white Crozes-Hermitage to do your bleu cheese obsession justice.
4. Hawaiian & Riesling
The Canadian bacon on a Hawaiian pizza is ideally paired with a Riesling because of how light and sweet the wine is. You’ll be surprised at this yummy combination.
5. Meat Lovers & Cabernet Sauvignon
A full bodied, hardy red is exactly what you need to go with your carnivore side. Pick a Cabernet Sauvignon or, if you prefer, choose a Shiraz or a Merlot. Any of these wines will help break down the meat and do the trick!
6. Healthy(ish) Veggie Overload & Sauvignon Blanc
Think white wine with your veggie addiction. Shoot for a bottle of crisp refreshing Sauvignon Blanc boasting the acidities needed to take on any vegetable diced a top your pizza. Bonus points for those of you willing to try a dry rosé here, too!
7. Mediterranean & Pinot Noir
With a taste for Mediterranean pizza comes a love for kalamata olives. A Pinot Noir’s aromas are usually made of black cherry, berries, fruits, roses, and current. It’s low tannins and high acidity is perfect for the olives that dawn your delicious slice of ‘za.
8. Margherita & Rosé
This just so happens to me my favorite pizza and my favorite wine. Coincidence, I think not! The lighter flavor of a rosé is perfect for the herb touch of basil and lightness of a great margherita pizza.
9. Buffalo Chicken & White Zinfandel
Tread lightly with buffalo flavored foods and wine. It takes a sweet wine to do justice to the combination so stick with a white Zinfandel, or a Riesling. Less sweet wines may make the meal taste far worse instead of better!
10. White Pizza & Chardonnay
White cream sauces open up your flavor profile to a few options, among them include Chardonnay and even Pinot Noir. Both of these wines are fermented twice and both pair exceptionally well with tarragon, the herb you will find on top of your white pizza.
This week, you will now know exactly what to serve on pizza night. Have any other pizza and wine pairings that slay? Tell us in the comments!