As self professed purveyors of tasty pizza, we are never that far away from the pulse of what makes the dining experience something that we should always cherish. Whilst you can think of the perfect drinking combination being the hoppy beer variety we know, there is one other drink that goes perfect with a slice of pizza nirvana, wine.
Wine pairing is never an easy task, especially if you were to listen to some of the people on TV and read confusing articles on the internet, however we think that a simple guide to getting the perfect wine pairing with your favourite style of pizza shouldn’t be too hard.
So, our mission over the next few minutes is to get you thinking about wine a little differently and most importantly make it really simple to get your favourite pizza paired with a perfect wine.
The margherita is the classic neapolitan flavour that delivers a simplicity which makes any form of wine pairing a considerably easier task. Simple cheese, tomato and basil with a sprinkling of parmesan and you have the kind of food that could keep a student living for a relatively long time!
Rosé is the wine of the choice here. Light and crisp, you want something that doesn’t overpower the flavours. If you are going to drink a red wine, then go for something like a garnacha. Keep it simple and importantly keep it light.
Michelangelo’s favourite, the teenage mutant ninja turtle, not the painter. But there is something to be said with a good pepperoni pizza. In Italy it is called salami and if you were in Italy there would only be one wine pairing that we would recommend, Chianti! Made from the sangiovese grape, it does what you would expect a good wine to do, cut through the big meat flavours and also stand its own in the glass – that basically means, you can still taste the wine!
Sausage & Broccoli
Another classic Southern Italian favourite, and once you’ve tried it you’ll understand why. A classic cheese base with lovely earthy sausage to bring out immense flavours and the broccoli are cooked in chilis and coated in extra virgin olive oil. Our mouth is watering at the thought.
The simple wine pairing to something like this is to go big or go home. By big, we mean a wine that has lots of flavour and packs a punch on your palette. Syrah and
pinot noir are the perfect partners in crime. Full of flavour, especially berries and plum, they pick up on the more aniseed flavours in the sausage meat and give you a full bodied experience for a pizza that takes no prisoners!
If you want to scare an Italian, show them a picture of a hawaiian pizza. However, as a nation who has a love hate relationship with the variety we thought it would be wrong if we didn’t give you a wine pairing that befits this pizza selection.
A crisp german riesling may be the right call as it will pick up acidity from the ham and sweetness from the pineapple, but we think there could be another two wines that would be perfect… Prosecco, which we have lots of or, if you’re old enough to remember it a good old lambrusco. The sparkling red wine is something that is coming back into fashion and can’t be missed on if you find it on the shelves.
We love a good random flavour and the UK is king for it! We’ve all had a barbecue chicken flavour pizza, for some, it’s what turned them vegetarian, we get it! But the smoky sweet flavours is something we can all admire. So here is our wine pairing tip, a good malbec wine!
You want something that compliments the sweetness from the barbecue sauce and so, our advice is go for a wine that is already that bit sweeter and a malbec does just that.