Oh, pizza! Who can resist that crispy and gooey crust, that piquant tomato sauce, and, most importantly, the gooeyness of the melted cheese? I’m pretty sure that’s not me. I even love pairing it with my favorite wine. What wine goes with pizza? Read on to find out!
What Wine Goes Best with Pizza?
Does wine go with pizzas? Maybe. Well, we don’t get to see such a combination most of the time. Not even in the movies. There may be some, but the most common pairing we see are sodas and beers paired with pizzas.
But that doesn’t mean pairing a pizza with wines is impossible. You must be careful with the caring since both wines and pizzas have different flavors you can mix and match.
Like pizzas, all wines have their unique and distinct flavor and characteristics. One wine might work with one type of pizza and not the other. Or, one wine might work for most or all pizzas. Thus, it is important to know each wine’s characteristics and flavor to ensure that it matches the pizza you ordered.
However, buy red wine if things go south and you don’t know what wine you should get. Red wines are the safest, best pair for your pizza. This is because most red wines’ flavors and acidity make the wine balance the pizza toppings flavors be it cheese, vegetable, or meat.
You may also check the white wines if your pizza has classic, simpler, and fruity toppings.
13 Types of Wines that Goes Best with Pizza
Hundreds or more varieties of wines out there make the best pair for your pizza. Contrary to what most believe, the different flavors of wine will not work with pizza flavors. Somehow, this is true. But, the wine’s complex flavor makes it perfect for the pizza.
The sweetness, acidity, tannins, and, most importantly, the alcohol from a single varietal or blended wine perfectly match the pizzas’ different flavors. We gathered all the best and most common wines you can easily get from the store.
Here are the 13 best wines that go with pizza.
1. Rosé, Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese
Best for Margherita Pizza
First on our list is the Pinot Grigio! Pairing it with any pizza, especially the Margherita pizza, is a bit bold. But don’t be afraid to pair a Pinot Grigio with Pizza Margherita. The lightness of this wine perfectly blends with the pizza’s fresh ingredients.
It will not overpower the classic flavor and aroma of the Margherita pizza. With that, you get to taste the tanginess of the tomato, the creaminess of the mozzarella cheese, and basil.
2. Riesling Wines
Riesling wines may not be as famous as other wines, but this wine’s sweetness and acidity perfectly match a fruit pizza’s rich flavor – that means perfection! But, make sure you buy the best brand that makes the best Riesling wines.
These brands are Dr. Loosen Riesling, Chateau Ste Michelle, and Donnhoff Estate Riesling Trocken Nahe, which grows these white grapes in different rich soils for the grapes to bring out the best and most exciting aroma and flavor of the Riesling. Wines from these companies are the best wines you can bring to any party as it pairs with almost everything.
This is important since some Riesling wines are commercially made instead of traditionally produced.
3. Chardonnay, Prosecco, Sauvignon Blanc
Best Pair with Vegetarian Pizza As an all-time comfort food, Pizzas are best paired with the best wines that complement their flavor. By not overpowering the pizza, this wine and pizza pairing is undoubtedly a divine combination.
If you want a wine to start your vegetarian pizza, get a Chardonnay, Prosecco, or Sauvignon Blanc. The gentle notes of these wines, mainly the chardonnay, complement your favorite vegetables perfectly.
4. Torrontes, Viognier
And for the most hated yet delicious pizza, the controversial Hawaiian pizza is best paired with Torrontes and Viognier. These wines bring out the best flavors in your Hawaiian pizza. They don’t overpower the taste of the saltiness and sweetness of the key ingredients of the pizza – ham and pineapple.
Try this and enjoy your wine and your pizza’s tropical flavor!
5. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec
Best pair with Meatlovers Pizza
Unlike the vegetarian and cheese pizzas, the meat lovers’ pizza needs a little something that can beautifully cut the taste and fattiness of the meat.
Say no more!
The Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Malbec are some of the best wines you can pair up with the meat lover’s pizza. Their flavor and their tannins will surely match the meat in your pizza.
6. Assyrtiko, Alvarinho
Best pair with Anchovy Pizza
From vegetable to meat pizzas, then to a flavor from the sea! We are broadening our selection and have included the Anchovy pizza on the list! The anchovy pizza’s simple yet distinct flavor is perfect with a glass of wine.
Here’s the best wine for the anchovy pizzas and its classic flavor combination – the Assyrtiko. Or if it’s unavailable, you can check the Alvarinho.
The Assyrtiko’s strong citrus flavor blends well with the Anchovy pizza’s savory and umami flavor. Indeed, it won’t mess up the little fish’s saltiness, Omega 3’s, and protein.
7. Sangiovese, Nero d’Avola, Nebbiolo
Best pair with Pepperoni Pizza
Oh yes! Let us not forget the pepperoni pizza – the ultimate favorite pizza on game days, parties, and movie nights! But instead of pairing it with your favorite soda, elevate the game day or the movie night experience and pair the pizza with red wines. A Sangiovese and its fruit flavors all pair well with the pepperoni pizza.
Give it a try and experience the wine’s moderate acidity that matches the pepperoni’s saltiness – perfection!
8. Zinfandel, Shiraz
Best pair with BBQ pizza
Oh, I used to wonder whether there is a wine that goes well with the smokiness and sweetness of the barbeque sauce. Viola! There’s Zinfandel and Shiraz that you can choose from. If these wines are not giving you the vibe, and you think the pairing won’t work, try the white wine route with a dry Riesling.
Take note. It must be a dry Riesling or a Gewurztraminer. Do not go for sweeter wines since the BBQ pizza’s sauce is already sweet. The flavors may not go well with each other.
9. Pinot Noir
Best pair with White Pizza
Pinot Noir is all you need for a white sauce or mushroom pizza. Though it’s a red wine, it won’t overpower the flavor of the white pizza. The herbaceous notes of the pinot noir complement the fresh, dried, and creaminess of a white pizza.
Best pair with Chicago Deep-dish pizza
Unlike the other pizzas that have just enough toppings and flavors, the Chicago deep-dish pizza has more than a buttery cornmeal crust and its toppings and thick sauce. For this reason, the Sagrantino is the best wine to pair with the Chicago Deep-dish pizza.
Due to its toppings which may likely be around a pound of cheese in every slice, you will be prone to heart attacks. This makes the Sagrantinos a perfect pair. Aside from the wine’s flavor, it also has a significant number of polyphenols which help your body prevent cardiac arrests.
11. Côtes du Rhône Blend
Best pair with Cheese Pizza
Côtes du Rhône blend, simply known as the red wine blend, matches well the cheese pizzas. Its acidity is a great choice to match with the tomato sauce, while the right amount of tannins complement both the acidity of the wine and the tanginess of the tomato sauce.
This keeps the wine’s taste as is. Thus, preventing the heaviness of the tannin’s metallic taste to not overpowering the flavor of the wine and the pizza.
Best pair with Any Pizza
Oh boy, if you don’t know which wine best pairs with your pizza, play safe and buy a Lambrusco. It is an Italian red wine with enough tannins to clear your palate from the richness of the creamy cheese, tomato sauce, and other flavors in your pizza. For the best pairing, chill the Lambrusco red win before serving it!
13. Vermentino, Chenin Blanc
Best pair with Pesto Pizza
Of all the pizza flavors, the fresh basil pesto is one of the hardest to beat pizzas. Or, probably the hardest to beat. Its classic flavor and thick Italian sauce are hard to pair with any wine. Plus, you need to know first the dish that the sauce covers before you jump into buying a particular wine.
However, if you want to play safe and go for a more versatile wine, the pesto pizza will go with Vermentino, Chenin Blanc, and other mineral-driven whites. These wines are great for the herbaceous pesto flavors. The wine’s light and refreshing flavor would match and elevate the green pesto pizza’s
Now, I am craving a wine and pizza combination! Time to get some pizza and check what wine goes with the pizza. Are you going to get one, too? If you are, don’t forget to let us know your experience. Comment down below.
George Moore, co-founder of Wine Flavor Guru, is a charismatic entrepreneur with a rich background in California’s wine industry. Alongside Sylvia, he transformed a Sonoma County vineyard into a source of premium wines. George’s expertise in sourcing exceptional grapes and his approachable style make wine appreciation both accessible and engaging.