Planning a big night in? Why not make your evening more meaningful with a perfect wine to go with your pizza. Just because you don't want to cook, doesn't mean you don't want to take a night off from flavor. That's why I'm sharing these pizza and wine pairings.
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When it comes to planning a New Year's Eve celebration, this year it's a night in. Seriously though, I'm pretty pumped about my plans for the last night of the decade. I'm staying in, putting on my fave PJs, and throwing a little pizza party for my fave peeps. I'm hoping to be passed out in a cheese-induced slumber well before the clock strikes midnight--and with the help of a few glasses of wine, I'll surely be snuggled down and feelin' cozy.
Don't get me wrong; I'm not trying to snooze through the festivities. I would like to mark the occasion and make it special, but I also want to start out the year as a well rested mama. (Hashtag: goals.)
I may be popping the bubbly quite a bit before the ball drops, but, I'll make sure it's a quality bottle, nevertheless! In fact, I'm going to put a twist on the usual pizza night and serve all our pies with pairing options for the adults (and heck maybe I'll put out a few fun kid-friendly bevvie options to make sure the littles don't feel left out).
So what wines pair well with each pizza topping? Let's do a deep (dish!) dive and pick your poison!
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Top 6 Pizza and Wine Pairings
- Traditional Cheese Pizza: Pinot Noir is the people-pleaser red wine. It's widely liked and pairs well with just about anything--so it's a safe bet to serve your guests. With undertones of ripe red berries, black cherries, and earthy mushrooms, it's the ultimate complement to a good old-fashioned slice of cheese pizza.
- Veggie Pizza: Buttery and oaky with a hint of vanilla, the richness of a Chardonnay balances the earthiness of your veggie-heavy pizza. Manga!
- Meat Pizza: Loading up your pie with meatballs and sausage? It'll come as no surprise to meat lovers that a nice full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon will pair perfectly with your carnivorous creation. Dry and never too sweet, a Cab is made for a heartier meal--so unbutton your jeans and enjoy!
- Pepperoni Pizza: A wine with weight is the right choice for your charcuterie-esque pizza. A Zinfandel with its initial fruity flavor and underlying smokiness is a great choice.
- Pineapple and Ham Pizza: Pinot Grigio has a lemony-fresh acidic zest to it that you'll love. It offers a a refreshing zip-and-sip of flavor to balance the sweetness of pineapples and the saltiness of ham on your Hawaiian-inspired pizza.
- Dessert Pizza: Serving up a sweet pie for dessert? Pop a dry Prosecco for the ideal ending to your pairing experience! Delish.
P.S. I found this handy Insta-graphic on my local pizza parlor's feed. The conclusions are similar--and it's a good visual cheat to help you remember when serving up pies and glasses.
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