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Pairing Pizza with Wine and Beer

Pairing Pizza with Wine and Beer

Some of the basic characteristics of pizza include saltiness, high acidity (from the tomato sauce) and cheese and oil. When selecting a beer or wine to go with a pizza, you will want something that will enhance these flavors, not overpower them. As with any food pairing, a person’s particular tastes will come into effect, but generally, if a person likes a particular pizza, the beer and wine suggestions should complement their tastes.

Pairing Pizza with Wine Wine bottles protruding from a wine rack
Italy is known for both wine and pizza, but suprisingly, Italians rarely pair the two together. Most Italians consider the best wine for pizza to be beer, and think that only tourists or Americans consume the two together. That said, many people do prefer a nice glass of wine with their pizza. Here are some common pizzas and the wines they pair well with:

 Pizza Suggested Red Wine  Suggested White Wine 
 Pepperoni  Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris,
 Pinot Noir, Sangiovese
 Sauvignon Blanc,
 White Zinfandel
 Cheese  Cabernet Franc, Beaujolais,
 Chianti, Sangiovese
 Pinot Gris, Riesling,
 Chardonnay
 Margherita  Barbera  Sauvignon Blanc
 Pesto  Negro Amaro  Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
 Vegetarian  Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Chianti  Sauvignon Blanc
 Hawaiian  Beaujolais, Pinotage  Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling
 Neapolitan  Sangiovese, Valpolicella  n/a
 Seafood  Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon  Chardonnay
 Sausage, Mushroom
 and Onion
 Zinfandel, Syrah  Chardonnay

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Pairing Pizza with Beer
Beer is a go-to beverage for most people when dining out, and with the proliferation of microbreweries in American, there is a limitless supply available to satisfy anybody's particular taste. When paired with pizza, beer is meant to cut through the oil and some of the acidity of the tomato sauce and complement the pizza, not overpower it. You will also want to take the toppings into account when pairing pizza with beer. Listed below are some suggested beer/pizza pairings.A freshly poured pint of beer
 Pizza Suggested Beer 
 Italian Sausage Pizza Blonde Ale 
 Pepperoni  Light Lager
 Onion, Olive, Mushroom and Peppers  Indian Pale Ale
 Spinach and Broccoli  Scotch Ale
 Feta Cheese  Wheat Beer
 Bacon and Pineapple  Porter or Stout
 Eggplant with Parmesan Cheese  Pale Ale or Amber Ale