There’s a lot of wine and food pairings out there. Some more tried and trusted than others, but there’s no questioning that wine and food form a strong bond. One that stands out among fanatic foodies and occasional restaurant-goers alike is the indelible marriage of wine and pizza.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more beloved combination. Not only do their flavours and chemical makeups complement each other, but the personas associated. The complexness of wine and the simplicity of pizza creates a combination that’s hard not to love.
In case you’re unfamiliar, the love story of pizza and wine dates back to the ancient times. In Ancient Rome, flatbread used to be topped with various toppings like cheese and garlic. Sounds familiar (and delicious), right?
Similarly, wine production also dates back to ancient times, with Ancient Rome playing a pivotal role in popularizing wine. Wine production benefited the Roman Empire economically and also was a daily staple for people across every social class – social equality in the name of wine, we’ll drink to that.
While wine and pizza are equally great by themselves, we’re a big fan of bringing these two together. So, here are some favourite wine and pizza pairings:
Margherita Pizza and Pinot Noir
There’s something beautifully light about this combination, even if wine and pizza are often considered an indulgence. The fruitiness of a nice light-bodied Pinot Noir like our Givry Rouge 2014 complements the delicate flavours of soft mozzarella and crisp basil. This classic combo is simple but bursting with fresh flavours. Oh, and it’s best enjoyed on a sunny terrace somewhere in Europe.
Pizza Bianca and Chardonnay
Another classic pairing is Chardonnay with Pizza Bianca, or white pizza. What it lacks in tomato-y goodness, it makes up for in ricotta richness. The creaminess of this pizza really brings out the buttery texture of Chardonnay, while the acidity of the Chardonnay helps cut through the velvety cheese. A fruity oaked Chardonnay with a silky texture like the Suelo Argentina Chardonnay 2016 would be a good place to start.
Pepperoni Pizza and Montepulciano D’Abruzzo
Italian wines always pair so nicely with pizza. In case you haven’t had the chance to walk the streets of Florence, or tour Tuscany, we can confirm that the Italians also do great pizza. Montepulciano D’Abruzzo is always a safe bet to accompany pizza, particularly pepperoni pizza. The fruit and spice of the wine meld beautifully with the spice of the pepperoni. We’d recommend picking up a bottle of Il Faggio Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2016 for your next pizza-making party. It’s a real crowd-pleaser.
If your mouth isn’t watering after reading about all those delicious pizza and wine pairings, then it may be time to try them out for yourself. Steeped in history and both utterly delicious, especially together, pizza and wine have an undeniable chemistry. From ancient times to today, this long-lasting love is here to stay.
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