That’s right pizza obsessors and wine lovers… October is #NationalPizzaMonth And pizza and wine are quite the iconic duo. They speak the same language. You know how it goes…
“When a moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.
When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine, that’s amore.”
So, for the month of October we thought it would be fun to partner with a few wine and pizza loving bloggers to help us feature some great wine and pizza pairings.
Whether you’re drinking a Sparkling Rosé or a California Cabernet, we want to make sure your wine is matched to the right pizza pie. Check back every week throughout the month of October for new pizza and wine pairings!
Sparkling Rosé & Margherita Pizza
First up, we thought we’d ask “the girl with the never ending appetite for pizza” what kind of pizza she’s pairing with wine. Turns out, Boston pizza connoisseur, @PizzaBlonde, loves rosé (hey, what a coincidence, we do too!). So she paired our Lot 49 Sparkling Rosé with a classic Margherita pizza from Capo Restaurant in South Boston.
@PizzaBlonde says, “The Margherita is a classic pizza that’s light on ingredients, so you want to pair it with a lighter wine like a rosé that won’t overpower its flavors. The key here with the wine is heavy pours, not heavy flavor.” Yes, we agree… heavy pours are good. As is our dry sparkling rosé.
And hey, you can’t go wrong with an Italian wine paired with Italian pizza? Now that’s amore.
Pinot Noir & A Jazzed Up White Pizza (potato, mozzarella, gorgonzola, rosemary & pancetta… YUM.)
Next, Pizza Blonde took us to Boston’s North End neighborhood pizzeria, Ducali’s, where she paired their Patate pizza with Iron Side Reserve Pinot Noir from Monterey California. The Patate takes a simple white mozzarella pizza to the next level by adding potato, gorgonzola, rosemary and pancetta. Iron Side Pinot Noir seemed to be the perfect match as this Reserve Pinot Noir is on the lighter side with some bolder aspect, making it the best of both worlds. The creamy based pizza paired with the naturally creamy notes of pinot noir make for this a perfect pizza pairing.
Sancerre & White Pizza with Arugula & Goat Cheese
Erin Lynch of Platings and Pairings paired our Lot 126 Sancerre with a white pizza topped with arugula and goat cheese. Lot 126 is a dry white wine with hints of citrus and limestone, and it’s so tasty with the creamy goat cheese and lemony arugula. Our mouths are watering!
Russian River Valley Pinot Noir & Salami Pizza w/ Jalapeño and Honey
Next – Erin went red with our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and a salami pizza topped with jalapeño and honey. The salami pizza is a bit spicy from the jalapeños, but it finishes with a sweetness from the drizzle of honey. This paired amazingly well with Lot 75 Reserve Pinot Noir – its bright acidity went well with the cheesiness, but it was light-bodied enough to not compete with all of the spicy flavors going on.
Moscato d’Asti & Spicy Sausage
Are you a spicy sausage pizza lover? Pizza Blonde says opposites attract with the sweet and light flavor of our Lot 134 Moscato d’Asti and the savory spicy sausage pizza from Coppa Boston. Not only do the sweet and spicy opposites attracts, but the burrata cheese on this pizza is the perfect light young cheese to pair with a refreshing white wine. Add a little fizz and we’re ready to spice up pizza night!
Red Hills Cabernet Sauvignon & Cheesy Pepperoni
Our final wine and pizza pairing: a classic cheesy pepperoni pizza paired with our Lot 116 Red Hills Cabernet Sauvignon out of Lake County California! Pizza Blonde describes Lot 116 as “indulgent, comforting and excellent when paired with your favorite neighborhood pizza.” As a strong red wine, this Red Hills Cabernet is great to pair with the strong flavors of pepperoni. Pizza Blonde also recommends this pairing with sweatpants and a Netflix binge… and we are totally onboard and ready to catch up on Stranger Things 2.
Happy #WineWednesday!! It’s the last one of #NationalPizzaMonth but boy is it a good one. Cabernet Sauvignon is my go-to type of red & @90pluscellars knocked it out of the park with theirs. Their cab sav is indulgent, comforting, & excellent when paired with your favorite neighborhood pizza & being under the covers on a rainy day. Cab Sav is a heavier wine so make sure you load up on the toppings- I got a cheesy, Greek style pepperoni pizza. Additional recommended pairings include sweatpants & a Netflix binge. Cheers!!
We hope you enjoyed these pairings… Let us know if you’ve come across any of your own wine and pizza pairings this month – we’d love to see. Tag @90pluscellars – Cheers!