There are many times when you order up a pizza just because it’s easy, quick, and affordable. Had a busy day and don’t feel like cooking? Pizza. It’s too late to cook? Pizza. But then there are other times when you’ve been craving pizza and planning a night of pizza for days. It needs to be just right to truly satisfy your craving for an amazing pizza experience.
It’s these times that you make sure to order pizza from your favorite local pizzeria and get all of your favorite toppings, the side dishes, the dipping sauce, and your favorite drink. While there are many drinks to choose from, popular choices are soda, beer, and wine. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about how to pair a great wine with your pizza to really complete the experience. Because on a night when you need to have everything perfect, what you’re drinking can really make a difference.
How to Pair Wine With Pizza
As with many meals, pairing wine comes down to the flavor profiles that are in the meal. As a general rule, if you’re eating a meal with more robust flavors (steak, chili, burgers), you want a robust wine that can stand up to and complement the food. If you’re eating a meal with more subtle flavors (fish, salad, cream-based pasta), you want a lighter, crisp wine.
So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some popular pizza toppings and what wines would be paired well with them.
If you’re craving a meat lover’s type pizza with spicy, herby sausage, find a bottle of Syrah. Syrah is a dry but full-bodied wine with strong tannins (the compound that gives wine that pucker feeling), and has flavors of blackberry and plum. Because sausage is made with fennel, thyme, and oregano, the intensity of these flavors will balance each other.
A classic pizza topping with strong spicy flavors similar to sausage, you’ll want to pair this pizza with Sangiovese or Cabernet Franc. Pepperoni is also made with strong herbs and spices like cayenne pepper, garlic powder, anise, and paprika. The flavor of Sangiovese can vary depending on where the grapes are grown, but generally, it has an earthy flavor with notes of cherry and tomato. Due to the fat content of the pepperoni and the intense flavors of the wine, these are a match made in pizza heaven.
Fresh tomato sauce, smoky mozzarella, and a flavorful crust pairs well with a Pinot Noir or Cabernet Franc. Pinot Noir is a medium-bodied, medium-dry wine with flavors of cherry and currants. The wine is incredibly versatile, making it a great choice for a variety of pizzas, but especially for Margherita pizzas due to the fresh tomato. Cabernet Franc has a bigger body that also works well, but choose a lighter bottle with grapes made from a cool climate.
A vegetarian pizza with bell peppers, onions, olives, mushrooms, or artichokes will pair well with a lighter wine that will bring out the flavors of the vegetables. Choose a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc that has gentle notes of citrus and herbs. The cool flavors and bright acidities of these wines will balance any vegetable that you choose to top your pizza with.
Whatever pizza topping you’re craving, there’s a wine that will beautifully balance the flavors to create a memorable pizza experience. But the key to making it perfect is getting a pizza from Dalia’s in West Covina. We offer pizzas made with fresh ingredients and all of the sides, desserts, gluten-free and vegan options you could dream of. Check out our menu, and order a perfect pizza tonight!