There are few pairings in life that match perfectly together like a slice of pizza and a glass of wine.
On February 9, foodies will have a reason to honor America’s most popular dish with a glass of wine, when National Pizza Day is celebrated around the country. Whether you opt for the classic pepperoni, a vegetarian slice, or a gourmet style with prosciutto, arugula, and figs, nothing is better with Italian food than a good glass of wine!
To help you decide which wine to uncork with their choice of pizza on National Pizza Day, we’ve assembled some tried and tested recommendations for pizza and wine pairings from around the world:
Aged and cured meats can add an earthy, intense flavor to a pizza pie, but they also require a bold wine to stand up to their fattiness and spices. Try the Faithful Hound Cabernet Blend (SRP: $25.00), out of South Africa for a rich, flavor packed sip that will hold it’s own against any dish. Our wine review of Faithful Hound Cabernet Blend is here. The winemaker notes include ripe cassis, sandalwood, star anise and white pepper with a chalky entry, and fine tannins.
Need a sausage pizza recipe? Try this one, from the Real Housewives of New Jersey (who happen to be in the Italian restaurant business).
With its aromatic notes of fresh basil and the use of other lightly flavored fresh ingredients (tomatoes and mozzarella), a fresh rosé is the perfect Margherita pizza pairing. Try a Malbec or Cabernet based rosé with a little spice, or a lighter red wine that won’t overwhelm the herbaceous flavors of the pizza.
Arugula, Fig, and Prosciutto Pizza
Leafy greens like arugula and kale have a peppery bite, and a bitter note that pairs well with something crisp and herbal. Generally, that calls for a sauvignon blanc, but a stainless steel fermented chardonnay can also make for a great pizza and wine pairing. Try Mulderbosch 2011 Chardonnay wine ($20 SRP, South Africa) paired with this pizza. It’s lightly oaked, with notes of white peach, lime zest, and crisp pear on the finish. A great wine on it’s own, or with a meal.
As they say in Italy, “Mangiare bene, vivere la vita, e bere ottimo vino!”