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Pairing Pizza with Wine and Beer

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,
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

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