There’s a wine for every pie in this list of our top six wines for pizza night
Whether you go for thick, focaccia-esque Roman slices or chewy Neapolitan crusts, traditional Italian toppings, or out-there combos inspired by different cultures, pizza night is always an occasion worth celebrating. There’s a reason why it’s called a pizza party, right? Finding the right wine can set the mood, and transform pizza night from a laid-back night on the couch into something completely sublime.
Our team of experts has lined up our favorite wines to drink with pizza. There’s something for every pie, whether it’s a classic Margherita with a singed, bubbly crust and perfectly oozy cheese, a pizza piled with prosciutto and arugula, or a pie loaded with spicy red sauce and rich sausage. Have one (or two) of our picks lined up for your next pizza party and watch how they elevate every slice to gourmet status whether you’re at the kitchen table or posted up on the couch.
Chianti: An Italian Classic
It’s our most tried and true wine and food pairing principle: what grows together goes together. Nowhere is that more evident than in the harmonious pairing of pizza and Chianti. Made from the classic Sangiovese variety grown in the heart of Italy, this vibrant red wine is known for its tomatoey herbaceous profile, which matches perfectly with various pizza flavors. From the classic Margherita to more adventurous pies topped with a plethora of vegetables or meats, a good Chianti enhances the pizza experience, making each bite a journey to the Italian countryside.
Southern Rhône: A Symphony of Flavors
If you enjoy pizzas with a hearty meat topping or a rich tomato base, consider a bottle from Southern Rhône. This region's unique blends featuring grapes like Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre and others deliver big red fruit flavor and a full velvety texture that harmonizes beautifully with your pizza. The robustness of Southern Rhône wines can hold up to the complexity of the pizza's flavors, balancing the richness and bringing a touch of elegance to your meal.
Pét Nat: Effortless and Refreshing
Light, laid-back, and effortless, pét nat (short for "pétillant naturel") offers an unexpected yet delightful pairing with pizza. The bubbles in this natural sparkling wine cut through the luscious greasiness of the pizza, making each bite feel fresh and invigorating. Whether you're a fan of a simple cheese pizza or enjoy a multitude of toppings, pét nat adds a sparkling dimension to your pizza night.
Champagne: Indulge in the Unexpected
Think Champagne is reserved for caviar and fancy dinners? Think again. Pairing Champagne with pizza is flipping a decadent middle finger to convention. This high-low combination surprises and delights, proving that luxury can be found in the simplest pleasures. Stick with classic pies like cheese or Margherita to best enjoy this pair. The complexity of the Champagne complements the simplicity of these pizzas, and the acidity cuts through the richness ofcreating a deliciously rebellious gastronomic experience.
Tuscan Rosato: The Perfect Balance
Rosé may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of pizza, but a Tuscan rosato will make you question why you haven't tried this combination sooner. This wine is incredibly versatile, pairing well with cheesy pizzas and bringing a refreshing contrast to pepperoni pizzas. The rosato's juicy acidity cuts through the layers of meaty, cheesy goodness, providing a refreshing palate cleanser that leaves you ready for the next slice. It's a fantastic way to lighten up a heavy pizza and make your meal feel like a summer's day in Tuscany.
Lambrusco: The Ultimate Pizza Wine
And then there’s Lambrusco: the star of pizza night. Real Lambrusco is leagues apart from the sticky sweet version that most people know. The traditionally made Lambrusco’s we carry at Dedalus are varied: they can be both textural and light as air, effervescent but sturdy, tannic or juicy with thirst quenching acidity. There’s a range or styles, and they’re all worth trying. Both tannin and acidity work wonders to cut through the richness of gooey cheese, making Lambrusco one of our ultimate pizza pairing choices.