How to Pair Wine with Pizza

September 18, 2022 | Jimini Food Groups

What are the best wine and pizza pairings?

  1. Margherita Pizza + Pinot Grigio, Garnacha or Dry Rosé 
  2. White Pizza + Pinot Noir or Sparkling Rosé 
  3. Hawaiian Pizza + Riesling, Prosecco, Sauvignon Blanc, or Fiano 
  4. Meatlovers Pizza + Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, or Shiraz 
  5. BBQ Chicken Pizza + Malbec 
  6. Vegetarian Pizza + Sauvignon Blanc

Wine and pizza are a match made in heaven. With the wide variety of wines and pizzas available on the market, it can be confusing to know how to pair wine with pizza.

Many think that you’ll need to consider the base of your pizza to find its perfect pair, but it’s actually the toppings. What will pepperoni go well with? How about a vegetarian pizza? Think about the pizza flavor of your choice and find a wine that will either complement or contrast its flavor. 

To get you started, here are a few suggestions we have on how to pair wine with pizza. By the end of this list, you’ll be so excited to have wine and pizza for your next meal.  

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Margherita Pizza + Pinot Grigio, Garnacha or Dry Rosé 

The lightly flavored ingredients of tomatoes and mozzarella topped on the Margherita pizza go perfectly with lighter reds and whites. You can try pairing it with a glass of Garnacha, a sweet red wine variety. 

If you’re more inclined to white wines, pair your Margherita pizza with a Pinot Grigio. The citrus flavors in this wine bring out the pizza’s flavor without overpowering it. You can also go with a glass of Dry Rosé. The basil toppings of the pizza go great with this fruity pink wine. 

White Pizza + Pinot Noir or Sparkling Rosé 

Just like its name implies, a white pizza steers away from the traditional red pizza sauce. It pairs perfectly with a Pinot Noir and a Sparkling Rosé.

Pinot Noir is one of the most popular types of red wine on the market. It is a light-bodied red wine with fruit and floral aromas. The flavors of this wine pair well with the green herbs that are usually topped on the pizza. 

A very versatile wine and pizza pairing is a Sparkling Rosé and any pizza. Bubbly wines like this help cut through the pizza’s doughiness. At the same time, it also enhanced the creamy flavors of the white pizza.

Hawaiian Pizza + Riesling, Prosecco, Sauvignon Blanc, or Fiano

Hawaiian Pizza + Riesling, Prosecco, Sauvignon Blanc, or Fiano

The highlight of a Hawaiian Pizza is its sweet pineapple toppings. The wine you take with this pizza should be able to match the sweetness of the fruit. These are mostly white or sparkling wines like the Riesling, Prosecco, Sauvignon Blanc, or Fiano.

A glass of Riesling complements the sweet flavors of Canadian bacon topped on the pizza. Both Riesling and Prosecco’s acidity acts like palate cleansers as well. At the same time, its sweetness elevates that of the pineapple. 

Other white wines that go with this pizza are Sauvignon Blanc and Fiano. Sauvignon Blanc’s fruity flavors of lime and grapefruit also pair well with the sweetness of the pizza. On the other hand, Fiano wine has more nutty and textured flavors that complement the pineapple taste nicely.

Meatlovers Pizza + Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, or Shiraz 

You can expect the meat lovers’ pizza to be backed with all kinds of intense meat flavors. The wines that go with this are usually high in tannins. Those are the substances that add bitterness and astringency to the wine. It leaves that drying sensation on your tongue. 

You can run to your bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, or Shiraz for this meaty pizza. The tannins found in these wines are a perfect match for the fattiness of the meat. 

On top of that, the fruity flavors of all these wines create an excellent combination with the meat flavors, leaving you wanting more of both. 

BBQ Chicken Pizza + Malbec

The smoky and sweet flavors found in the barbecue sauce of this pizza are best paired with Malbec, an Argentine wine. It is a full-bodied red with plenty of depth and prominent dark fruit flavors. 

Along with its smoky finish, its strong fruit flavors make a good pairing with the sweet taste of the pizza’s barbecue. 

Vegetarian Pizza + Sauvignon Blanc

Most vegetarian pizzas have popular salad greens like spinach and arugula on the pizza topped with a vinaigrette. The wine with this pizza should not compete with the taste of this pizza’s components. 

You can pair a vegetarian pizza with a Sauvignon Blanc, a green-skinned grape white wine variety. It has stronger tartness compared to the pizza, and its fruit flavor will complement well with pizza’s vegetable toppings. 

Key Takeaway

Now that you know some ways to pair wine with pizza, you can host a new-and-improved pizza night. Experiment with the different wines that go with each pizza. You’ll soon find what pairing you like the most with your favorite pizza flavor. 

You can pick your favorite flavor from Jimini’s wide variety of choices. Santino’s Supreme Slices offers tasty and delectable pizza slices you can order for your next meal. 

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