I love the idea of date night and actually having some alone time with my hubby, but the execution can be challenging and downright exhausting way before the night starts. There is the figuring out of schedules, arranging babysitters, making sure the children are prepared, and also making sure that it is within our budget. Checking in and spending time together is crucial so we have recently started to re-think the date night concept by incorporating time together in the comfort of our own living room.
At a recent event dubbed "Slice of Romance," I was able to learn that date night can be as simple as having some pizza and a bottle of good wine. Along with some delicious pizzas from the Dr. Oetker Ristorante line and several wines paired by Richard Vayda, Director of Wine and Beverage Studies at the Institute of Culinary Education, I learned how to make date night affordable, hassle-free and romantic.
The evening kicked-off with a sampling of prosciutto and melon, along with a crisp white wine. I loved the subtle pairing as I listened to Carol Cain of NY City Mama introduce the Dr. Oetker team. They discussed their delicious pizza line, which includes varieties like Pizza Vegetable, Pizza Mozzarella, Pizza Spinaci, Pizza Funghi, Pizza Quatro Formaggi and Pizza Speciale. I couldn't wait to dig in and test out this savory line that was complemented with several wines picked out by Richard.
Starting with the Pizza Vegetable, I loved biting into the generous helping of tomatoes, peppers and onions along with a refreshing Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. Richard mentioned that choosing recent vintages will allow for maximum freshness.
The Pizza Quattro Formaggi (four cheese pizza) paired with the German Riesling was an amazing combination that melded well with the salty cheese. I also loved the Pizza Spinaci that was paired with a crisp Rose.
At the event I also learned about about the Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza line, a family-owned company that has been in the frozen food and chilled food segments in Europe. Their pizzas are sold at grocery stores across the U.S., which can make it easier to enjoy a night in from the comforts of your own living room.
Here are some wine pairing tips that you can enjoy with your favorite Dr. Oetker Ristorante pizza.
1. Pizza Vegetable - Pair with Prosecco (Veneto, Proscecco, Brut Mionetto, NV) or Chilean Sauvignon Blanc
2. Pizza Mozzarella - Pairs with Chianti (Chianti Classico, Le Fonti 2007) or Lambrusco (Lambrusco Graparossa di Castelverto, 'Toccacielo,' Carafoli 2010
3. Pizza Spinaci - Pairs with Spanish Garnachal Tempranillo Rose (Navarra, Rosado, Artazuri 2011) or Cotes du Rhone Rouge (Cotes du Rhone Rouge, 'Parralele
4. Pizza Funghi - Pairs with Oregon Pinot Noir (Oregon, Pinot Noir Erath 2009) or Italian Primitro (Salento IGT, Primitivo 'Torcicode.' Tomaresca 2008)
5. Pizza Quattro Formaggi - Pairs with German Riesling (Rheingau, Riesling Kabinett, Schloss Vollrads 2008) or California Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa, Cabernet Sauvignon, Charles Krug 2008)
6. Pizza Speciale - Pairs with Australian Shiraz (South Australia, Shiraz, Heartland 2009) or Silican Nero d'Avola (Siclia (IGT), Nero d' Avola, Mirabile 2009.
For further information about the Dr. Oetker history or the complete product range please visit the homepage of our head quarters in Germany: WWW.OETKER.DE
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