The Grapevine

Pizza Wines – It’s Not the Pie, It’s the Toppings

March 31st, 2017

It’s feeling like a pizza night around here. And not, unfortunately, a “grill your own homemade crust” kind of night. Not even a “make your own at home” kind of night. An order-in kind of night. Here are some ideas for pairings you may not have thought to recommend to your wine shop customers. [level-members]

As the title says, it really is all about the toppings when it comes to what will pair best with your Friday night pizza. And even though pizza is Exhibit A in the argument in favor of the “if it grows together,it goes together” school of food and wine pairing, sometimes it’s worth being a bit more adventurous.

So if you’re going for a veggie pizza, give a new-world style pinot a try. Even with a more restrained pinot, you can find good pairings here. Peppers and onions is a favorite in our house.

Sparklers can be a great, if unexpected, pairing, too. And many will work well with just about whatever you put on top of your pie, making it a great choice when you’re feeding a crowd and have a variety of pizza toppings to pair with. Don’t forget about red sparklers, too.

And, of course, don’t forget about Sangiovese. It will always be an excellent pairing, particularly for traditional pizza toppings.