10 Wine Pairings for Your Favorite Kind of Pizza
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Here at The Pioneer Woman, we love a good pizza night! Not only does Ree Drummond have her very own P-Town in her hometown of Pawhuska, but she's also been known to make homemade pizza for the Drummond crew on many occasions. Whether it's a quick and easy French bread pizza during the week, a classic cheese pizza for game night, or a grilled pizza for your next summer cookout, there are so many reasons to love making homemade pizza. But you can't just serve pizza on its own and call it day! If there's one thing that makes any pizza night better, it's a bottle of wine!
It's hard to imagine a more perfect pairing than wine and pizza (with your favorite toppings, of course!) That's why we've rounded up the best wines to drink with pizza. After all, there's something about pairing two Italian favorites that just feels right.
Don't worry, though, the wine you drink with pizza doesn't need to be fancy! In fact, it shouldn't be! Pizza night is casual and fun and that's what your wine should be about, too. So, here, you’ll find some great suggestions for affordable bottles depending on what type of pizza your eating. Think: crisp white wines for a pesto-topped pizza and heartier reds for a meat lover's pie. There's even a surprising bubbly beverage that'll turn any pizza night into a celebration! Read on for everything you need to know about pizza and wine!
"Pinot Noir is my go-to! It’s rich and flavorful but still light," Ree says. So it's no wonder this Storypoint pinot noir is the exact bottle from her restaurant P-Town Pizza. The mid-weight red isn’t too heavy or overpowering so it pairs well with a simple, classic cheese pie. It's light and fun, just like pizza night should be!
Crisp and refreshing, this white wine would be perfect on a summer night. We’re thinking grilled pizzas or veggie-topped pies would make the perfect pairing for this wine. Grillo is the name of the grape that comes from Sicily, but fun fact, it's also a cute little animal (the cricket on the label) which brings good luck.
Bold, full-bodied reds are great for cozying up with your favorite steak dinner so why not pair them with a decadent meat-lovers pie, too? Whether it’s topped with spicy sausage or even pepperoni, this Italian red is the perfect pizza wine.
This might not be the first type of wine you think of when it comes to pizza, but Riesling can be a great pairing when you find the right bottle. Look for dry varieties (like this Black Girl Magic Riesling) with aromatic flavor and bright tangy citrus notes to pair with an herby pesto pie.
Rich, smoky, and acidic—chianti is a great choice for weeknight pizza night. The high acidity actually amplifies the bright flavors of tomato sauce on pizza and balances out the rich pepperoni. You can't go wrong with this Italian wine—especially since it's under $20!
Never heard of this bubbly red wine? Prepare to be amazed! It’s light, refreshing, and slightly fizzy, but still has the aromas of dark fruits which makes it the perfect accompaniment to pizza. It’s best served with a slight chill.
A good, dry rosé wine can do no wrong! It’ll make girls night in or your next book club meeting even more fun. Pair this bottle from Whispering Angel with a simple margarita pie where the fresh basil and light tomato sauce work in tandem with creamy, stretchy mozzarella cheese.
A light to medium bodied red (like this one which is a mix of grenache and syrah grapes) pairs well with just about any type of pizza. It’s easy to drink, smooth, and free from unwanted additives or sugars. The wine also happens to be co-founded by celebrity actress Cameron Diaz! Talk about a fun idea for movie night.
This California wine maker has been producing quality wine for more than 100 years! Beaulieu Vineyard makes a "cab sav" that's got notes of dark, red berry fruit and smooth drinkability, making it a great pairing for meat-lovers pies or even mushroom pies.
A more affordable option to champagne, Azimut Brut Cava is a crisp, Spanish sparkling wine that will make any night feel like a party. It’s crafted by organic producers and has notes of ripe peach and chamomile. If flatbreads are your party appetizer, serve this bubbly wine to kick things off.
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