Great Wines For Great Pizza: Pairing Ideas

Friday, August 13th, 2021
pizza and wine

If you enjoy pizza and wine but haven’t tried pairing them together, you’re missing out! There are many great combos that you can enjoy, whether you are taking your food home or enjoying dinner at a pizzeria. Here are some common (and delicious) pizza and wine pairings to consider.

The classic cheese

If you enjoy pizza, chances are that you love a good cheese pie! Traditional tomato sauce, high-quality cheese (including vegan cheese), and simple herbs on top make for a great meal. Because tomato sauce is acidic, choose a medium-bodied wine that includes notes of fruit. Chianti, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Shiraz are all good types of wine to consider.

575° Pies to Try

  • The Johnny Drama
  • Cheese Pizza
  • Create-your-own
  • Double D’s Triple Pep (for a meaty option)

The hearty meat-lovers pizza

As with meat dishes like hamburgers and steaks, a meat-lovers pizza tastes great with red wine! Full-bodied red wines are usually the best for this type of food, so consider Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, or Merlot. The tannins in these types of wine pair well with fattier meats.

575° Pies to Try

  • The Omni (Named Best Pizza in America by UrbanSpoon, 2014)
  • The Tomaino
  • Double D’s Triple Pep
  • The Bender

Fresh veggie pies

If you prefer pizza with vegetables, you aren’t alone. Popular veggies to use as toppings include green peppers, mushrooms of all kinds, olives, onions, tomatoes, and even artichoke hearts. Crisp wines are best for this pairing, like Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, or Prosecco.

575° Pies to Try

  • The Danford
  • The Colorado
  • The Edelweiss

Light white pizzas

For many, white pies are a lighter and healthier option for pizza night. This isn’t always the case, depending on the toppings, but it is true that lighter wines go well with white pizzas. In fact, more types of wine will pair well with them including both light and medium-bodied options. You can try Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, or even Champagne.

575° Pies to Try

  • The Quattro
  • The Ultimate
  • The Phoebe
  • The Drizz

Tips for choosing the right wine for your pizza

You don’t want to ruin the taste of your favorite meal by pairing it with the wrong wine! When it comes to choosing the right pairing, it really depends on the toppings. It can help to understand how each topping interacts with the composition of each type of wine. If you are brave, you can try your favorite pizzas with your favorite wines without considering these factors. You might just surprise yourself! But, if you’d rather get an expert opinion, ask your server for their recommendations.

Pizza and wine at 575° Pizzeria

If you’re looking for a chance to try out some of these pizza and wine pairings, give us a visit at one of our Locations! Our passion is pizza, but we also offer a large selection of wines to suit any taste. Ask our servers about beer pairings too, and don’t forget about our red and white house sangrias! You can reach us by calling (806) 322-5575.