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Your Late-Night Cheat Sheet for Pairing Pizza and Wine

Posted by Beau Farrell on May 17, 2016 3:36:35 PM

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Imagine this scenario: It’s Friday night, you’ve had a long week, and you don’t feel like cooking. That’s when pizza sounds very appealing. Whether deep dish or thin crust, delivery or gourmet, there’s a pizza for just about every taste. And there’s a wine for just about every kind of pizza. So, the next time you have a craving for sausage or pepperoni, check out this late-night cheat sheet for pairing pizza and wine.

Ten Pizza and Wine Pairings for Late Night, Friday Night, Any Night

Classic Pepperoni and Cheese Pizza. Always perfect.

Wine suggestions: A Southern Italian classic, Primitivo, or a Sangiovese

Margherita Pizza. Nice light bites with fresh basil, mozzarella, and tomato slices.

Wine suggestions: Garnacha or Rose

Pizza with prosciutto and arugula? Sounds delish and you’ll want a wine that is savory and spicy to stand up to cured meats and the peppery greens.

Wine suggestion: A full-bodied Chianti

Mushroom and Cheese Pizza. Earthy and a simple vegetarian pie.

Wine suggestion: Pinot Noir

Sausage Pizza. Spicy, bold, rich, saucy.

Wine suggestions: Syrah/Shiraz



White Sauce Pizza. Cream-based dishes are hearty and good with plenty of wines.

Wine suggestions: Chardonnay or Pinot Noir

Anchovies, pepperoni, and cheese. Now you are talking big and bold.

Wine suggestion: Zinfandel

Four Cheese Pizza. That’s a lotta formaggi!

Wine suggestion: Primitivo or Zinfandel

Veggie/Vegetarian Pizza. Lots of peppers, olives, onions, and mushrooms, right?


Wine Suggestion: Sauvignon Blanc or dry Rose

Hawaiian Pizza. An international treat, with Canadian bacon, pineapple, and cheese.

Wine Suggestion: Consider a Riesling 

Something to keep in mind: Tomatoes are high in acidity, so you’ll want a wine to match. You’ll do well with reds that are juicy, not high in tannins, and help bring out the flavors of your toppings.

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