pairing wine with pizza

Pizza has seen many evolutions over the years and people all over the world make pizza differently. But it started in Naples, Italy, when the working class needed inexpensive food. Flatbreads with various toppings were sold by street vendors. Italian immigrants brought pizza across the ocean to New York, New Jersey, Boston, Chicago and other cities. Italy is not only known for great pizza, but also great wine, so it makes complete sense that the two go perfectly together.

The next time you grab a pie, get a bottle of wine as well. Here are 3 ways to pair wine with your favorite pizza and when you’re looking for a great pizza, look no further than Jet’s Pizza in Franklin.

Pizza
Pepperoni

Wine Suggestions

Red: Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Primitivo or Chianti
White: Prosecco

Pepperoni is a very strong flavor with a variety of spices including cayenne pepper, anise, garlic powder, paprika and sugar. Because of the fat content of pepperoni, it imbues its flavor throughout the cheese on every slice. You’ll need a strong wine with intense flavors to counterbalance ‘the pepperoni effect’. Sangiovese is a classic choice as the most popular red grape of Italy, and Cabernet Franc is a surprisingly good alternative.

Pizza
Veggie 

Wine Suggestions

White: Sauvingon Blanc, Unoaked Chardonnay
Rosé:Rosato

White or rosé wines are typically the wine of choice when pairing with a veggie pizza, because red wines can overpower the lightness of a veggie pizza.

Pizza
Hawaiian

Wine Suggestions
White: Riesling, Prosecco or Sauvignon Blanc

Hawaiian pizza isn’t everybody’s first choice, but the combination of sweet pineapple and salty ham calls for an equally interesting wine. The sweetness of  a wine like Riseling pairs perfectly with the Hawaiian toppings.

The next time you are wondering what wine would pair well with your pizza, try the Wine Pizza Pairing App at vinepair.com. You choose what toppings you prefer and it tells you what kind of wine you should try.

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