Pizza and wine: do they go together?

We’ll get straight to the point so you can find a quick answer to the titular question: whether you order a home delivery pizza or enjoy it at the most authentic Italian pizzeria in town, wine is always a good option. 

Below we’ll go over some of the most popular pizza recipes and the varieties that make for the best match. 

Pizza Margarita

Something simple is often more than enough. Pizza Margarita might be seen as the “easiest” of all pizzas—the ingredients are simply tomato, buffalo mozzarella (mozzarella di bufala), and fresh basil—but that doesn’t mean it can be paired with just any wine. A light rosé would be a good choice, because it would bring out the herbaceous and aromatic character of the basil. Plus, it wouldn’t overpower the mozzarella, something that would happen with a heavier wine.

Barbecue Pizza

Barbecue Pizza is a spread of smoked meat bathed in a rich sauce with an irresistibly sweet touch. Given these ingredients, we’d do well to pick a fruit-driven variety that will provide a certain sweetness to emphasize that same note in the pizza. If you’re into reds, Merlot would make for a good match, because it will lighten the overall impression. But if you’re into whites, light-bodied wines are best avoided: a Chardonnay would be a perfect fit.

Four Cheese Pizza

The “only” topping on a Four Cheese Pizza is cheese…but these cheeses are something else! Depending on the selection, this pizza recipe can be the most filling and potent of them all. Mozzarella and goat cheese are usually standard, joined by a blue cheese or something similar like Roquefort or gorgonzola, or others like parmesan, brie, or provolone. Pairing this cheese extravaganza with wine can be a winning combination, especially when said wine is light, aromatic, and fresh.

Whatever you decide on, remember that a pizza can have as many—or more—ingredients as any other kind of dish. What matters is identifying the main ones and selecting the right wine on the basis of that. So, what have you decided on? 

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