Legendary Pairings - Guide to Italian Wines and Pizza Pies

Legendary Pairings - Guide to Italian Wines and Pizza Pies

Every person wishes they had the knowledge to make the perfect pairing between their favorite wine and pizza dish. To be honest, it's easier than your making it out to be. Maureen and I learned that during a series of food and wine classes we took while on our trip to Lake Como, Italy. Even though the key to pairing was right in front of us, we didn't see it until our fourth class. We realize not everyone will be in Italy this year, so for those foodies out there, I have found an article that perfectly sums up the key things to remember when trying to pair wines. Happy pairing gang!

Here are 7 easy rules to guide you in the right direction: 

Pairing Rule #1

Serve a dry rosé with hors d'oeuvres

Good rosé combines the fresh acidity and light body of white wines with the fruity character of reds. This makes it the go-to wine when serving a wide range of hors d'oeuvres, from crudités to gougères.

Pairing Rule #2

Serve an unoaked white with anything you can squeeze a lemon or lime on

White wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño and Vermentino (typically made in stainless steel tanks rather than oak barrels) have a bright, citrusy acidity that acts like a zap of lemon or lime juice to heighten flavors in everything from smoked sablefish to grilled salmon.

Pairing Rule #3

Try low-alcohol wines with spicy foods

Alcohol accentuates the oils that make spicy food hot. So when confronted with dishes like a fiery curried chicken or Thai stir-fry, look for wines that are low in alcohol, such as off-dry German Rieslings (especially since a touch of sweetness helps counter spiciness, too).

Pairing Rule #4

Match rich red meats with tannic reds

Tannins, the astringent compounds in red wines that help give the wine structure, are an ideal complement to luxurious meats—making brawny reds like Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah great matches for braised duck legs or pan-seared sausages.

Pairing Rule #5

With lighter meats, pair the wine with the sauce

Often the chief protein in a dish—chicken or pork, say—isn't the primary flavor. Think of pork chops in a delicate white wine sauce versus pork chops in a zesty red wine sauce; in each case, the sauce dictates the pairing choice.

Pairing Rule #6

Choose earthy wines with earthy foods


Many great pairing combinations happen when wines and foods echo one another. Earthiness is often found in reds such as Pinot Noir (particularly from Burgundy) and Nebbiolo, making them great partners for equally earthy ingredients, like bison steaks or wild mushrooms.

Pairing Rule #7

For desserts, go with a lighter wine

When pairing desserts and dessert wines, it's easy to overwhelm the taste buds with sweetness. Instead, choose a wine that's a touch lighter and less sweet than the dessert—for instance, an effervescent Moscato d'Asti with roasted pears.


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