Are you planning a movie night soon with pizza? Here are tips on pairing your favourite pies with wines, whether you love Hawaiian, Margherita or Meat Lovers’ pizza.
These are the four wines I tasted in this video, however several of them may not be in stock now so I have suggested some alternatives below. You can find more pizza pairings here or in the drinks matcher. Got a favourite pairing that you’d like to share?
In related news, you’ll find a video on pairing cheese and wine.
Urban Nik Weis Selection, Weingut St.Urbans-Hof Riesling 2009, Moselle, Germany
Pure happiness in a bottle! Light, joyous and fragrant: field flowers, fleshy white peach in a sun-dappled orchard. Off-dry with a touch of sweetness for glazed ham and curries. Yum! Food matches: pizza, Thai style grilled shrimp. Drink: Now 184051 9.5% MD 750 ml. $15.40 Score: 87/100
Open Rosé 2009, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario
A delightful rose with a field of fresh strawberries and raspberries wafting up from the glass. So pretty! Medium-bodied. A real crowd pleaser, though you should also drink it on your own on the patio or deck: it pairs perfectly with that novel you’ve been wanting to read. Food matches: pizza, light goat cheese, salad, sushi. Drink: 2009 – 2012 175349 11.3% D 750 ml. $10.95 Score: 87/100
Santa Margherita Chianti Classico 2007, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy
Terrific richness and mouth-watering juiciness! Fleshy, plush plums roll across your senses followed by a tumble of ripe dark field berries wrapped in a hint of mocha. Close your eyes and take another sip of this full-bodied wonder. Food matches: Swiss steak, spicy meat and tomato pizza. Drink 2011 – 2014 91694 13% XD 750 ml. $19.95 Score: 90/100
RavensWood Vintner’s Blend Zinfandel 2008, California
Bright notes of brambleberry, blueberry and raspberry with lovely liveliness and layers of textured flavor. Smooth with polished tannins and a warm finish. Perfect for pizza and movie night. This wine is part of the Vintages Essentials Collection. Food matches: baked beef ribs basted with homemade barbecue sauce, jerk pork. Drink: Now 359257 14% D 750 ml. $17.95 Score: 89/100
Small Gully Mr. Black’s Little Book Shiraz 2008, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Rich and full-bodied with fleshy ripe blackberry, mint and black olive on the nose. Layers and smooth, with polished tannins and a long finish. Terrific mouth-watering juiciness for dishes like combination pizza, pasta in meat sauce and steak. Drink: Now 287979 15.2% D 750 ml. $16.95 Score: 90/100
Sivas-Sonoma Old Vine Don Sebastiani & Sons Zinfandel 2009, Sonoma County, California
Full-bodied and rich with black raspberry and blackberry jam aromas and flavours. Concentrated and deep with lots of drinking pleasure. Great wine for movie night. Pair with flank steak, pork loin or lamb. Food matches: back ribs, grilled steaks, rich meat-based pasta dishes. Drink: 2013 – 2016 291096 14.9% D 750 ml. $18.95 Score: 91/100
Tommasi Classico Superiore Valpolicella Ripasso 2010, D.O.C., Veneto, Italy
Tasty and full-bodied with lovely black fruit aromas, dark spices and some smoke. I love a half bottle, which is perfect for a very fun night on your own or when you just want a glass and an half each for a certain course, like a meat dish or sausages. Elegant with a dry finish. Drink: 2014 – 2018 69443 13% D 375 ml. $11.45 Score: 90/100
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