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Wine Pairings with Pizza

Wine Pairings with Pizza

The Best Wine for Your Favorite Pie

One of the very best food and beverage pairings out there is wine and pizza, hands down. It’s a classic, foolproof combination that can satisfy the palette of just about anyone! With so many pizza toppings out there from crisp veggies to savory, cured meats, there are a plethora of opportunities to make fun, flavorful pairings with the perfect glass of wine. So, which wine should you reach for to complement your next slice of pie? Let’s find out!

Wine Pairings with Standard Pizza

Pairings With Standard Pizzas

Ahh, the classics. These standard pizzas are the tried-and-true, ride-or-die orders that you can always count on to satisfy a crowd. The only thing that can add to the perfection of these time-tested pizzas is a glass of vino that complements each mouthwatering bite!

Supreme Pizza with Prosecco Wine


Wine: Prosecco

Supreme pizzas have it all, quite literally! The combination of veggies and assorted meats creates an explosion of flavor that is utterly unique. Because of the sheer range of taste in one bite, Prosecco makes the perfect pairing. This food-friendly wine won’t overpower the delicate flavors of the veggies, but can still hold its own when paired with savory ham, sausage, and pepperoni. 

Meatlovers Pizza with Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec

Meat Lovers

Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec

A bold, meat lovers pizza calls for an equally bold wine that can stand toe-to-toe with its rich, heavy flavors. A Cab or Malbec will provide the right amount of bold richness to complement the savory pizza, while the higher tannins and acidity will also cut through the fattiness in the meat. 

Cheese Pizza with Pinot Noir or Chianti


Wine: Pinot Noir or Chianti

There’s nothing quite like the classic taste of a cheese pizza. The simplicity of this timeless pie needs a light red wine to create an ideal pairing. The simple flavors of a table wine like Chianti or Pinot Noir create a delightfully simple yet incredibly delicious pairing with your favorite cheese pizza. 

Pepperoni Pizza with Cabernet Franc or Sangiovese


Wine: Sangiovese or Cabernet Franc

Pepperoni has a strong, savory flavor that is created with a combination of cured meats and spices such as cayenne, anise, and garlic. This calls for a wine that can stand up to the intensity, which is why Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc are both ideal choices. These bold, spicy reds complement the big, bold flavors of the pepperoni. 

Veggie Pizza with Chardonnay or Lambrusco

Veggie Lovers

Wine: Chardonnay or Lambrusco

A colorful, flavorful veggie pizza needs a light, chilled red or full-bodied white to really let all of the delicate tastes of the vegetables shine through. A Lambrusco or oak barrel-aged Chardonnay stand alongside these flavors very well without overpowering those tasty veggies. 

Margherita Pizza with Dry Rose


Wine: Dry Rosé

Margherita pizzas are delightfully light pies that showcase the delicate simplicity of tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil. Absolute perfection! This calls for an equally light wine, which is why dry rosé makes the ideal pairing with this classic pizza. 

BBQ Chicken Pizza with Pinot Noir or Malbec

BBQ Chicken

Wine: Malbec or Pinot Noir

Tangy, sweet, and mouth-wateringly delicious – BBQ chicken pizza really packs a punch with crave-worthy flavors! Pair this unique pie with a fruit-forward Malbec or Pinot Noir to pair perfectly with the tangy notes of barbeque sauce in the pizza. 

Hawaiian Pizza with Riesling


Wine: Riesling 

Does pineapple go on pizza? For those of you who think that it does, we’ve got some pairing ideas for the sweet and salty delight that is Hawaiian pizza. Reach for a German Riesling to go with your favorite, controversial pizza. The acidity and sweetness will complement the sweetness of the much-debated pineapple.


Wine Pairings for Gourmet Pizzas

Pairings With Out-of-the-Box Pizza

Sometimes, it’s fun to go against the grain and try something outside the norm. New pizza flavors count, right? We think so! The best part is that even the most out-there pizzas have a wine to go with it. 

Truffle with White Sauce Pizza and Merlot

Truffle and White Sauce

Wine: Merlot

The savory flavor of truffle needs a wine that can hold its own when paired with this richly flavored pie. Merlot is a wonderful choice because its bold yet fruit-forward notes marry beautifully with the distinct flavor of truffle. 

Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza with Sparkling Rose Wine

Prosciutto and Arugula

Wine: Sparkling Rosé

Prosciutto and arugula make a lovely pairing themselves, with the rich flavor of the prosciutto pairing nicely with the light, crisp flavors in fresh arugula. The perfect wine to tie all of these flavors together is a sparkling rosé. The light, bubbly notes won’t overpower the arugula, yet it cuts through the fattiness of the prosciutto. 

Breakfast Pizza and Cava or Champagne

Breakfast Pizza

Wine: Cava or Champagne

We think that pizza is welcome at the table for any meal of the day, so breakfast pizza just makes sense. Such a festive pie calls for a festive wine, like a sparkling glass of cava or champagne. Not only will these wines give a mimosa vibe with the breakfast pizza, but the bright notes will also provide a delicious contrast to the heavy taste found in a hearty breakfast. 

Dessert Pizza with Sauvignon Blanc

Dessert Pizza

Wine: Sauvignon Blanc

Because what’s life without a little dessert? Add some balance to the sweetness of your dessert pizza with a crisp, acidic sauvignon blanc for perfectly complementary flavors. 

Pizza and wine are a match made in heaven, we’re convinced! No matter what type of pizza is calling your name, you can rest assured that there is a wine out there ready to be the perfect match for your craving.

Rosé of Sangiovese


Sangiovese can be found in both the Chianti and Montalcino regions of Tuscany (it all sounds so romantic, right?) and is known for producing classic medium-bodied wines. Rosé wine is actually made from red grapes, and this is where the Rosé of Sangiovese comes to play. Crisp, fruit-forward, and easy-to-drink, it's everything you want in your bottle of Rosé and more.




Big, bold, and full of flavor—exactly what you’d expect an Italian wine to be! This classic Italian grape produces some of Italy’s most straightforward red wines and is often used as a blending grape. Not here, though. We let Montepulciano do the heavy lifting as a heavy red wine and shine on its own. If you enjoy the smell of leather bound books, nibbling on dried fruit, and complementary notes of bitter, dark chocolate and sweet plums, you will love this Italian wine. No need to pair it with any certain dish—Montepulciano tastes great with all the Italian classics.

Cabernet Sauvignon


If Pinot Noir is the light and juicy queen of reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is her bolder, heavier, meatier sister. Often referred to as just “cab,” it’s the wine of France’s Bordeaux and California’s Napa Valley. There’s nothing subtle about Cabernet Sauvignon—high in alcohol, full-bodied and robust, you can usually find this red served with a ribeye, New York Strip, or filet mignon (re: carnivores love cab). Classic cabs usually offer tasting notes of chocolate, coffee, and darker fruits like prunes and plums. The Unprecedented Cabernet Sauvignon is as classic as they come, and we highly recommend letting the bottle sit and mellow until your next red meat and potatoes dinner!

Pinot Grigio

La Pluma

If you’re looking for more zest in your life, a bottle of Pinot Grigio can provide that. We included a classic Pinot Grigio in the La Pluma collection because we’re all about light and easy here, which is exactly what this grape from Italy is. It has that dry sense of humor that seems so effortless with a punchy acidity to keep you on your toes, all while offering notes of lemon, limes, green apples, and honeysuckle. Long story short; when it’s been a heavy day and your soul is seeking light things only, you’ll be happy to have this bottle on hand.

Pinot Noir


We couldn’t create the In Good Taste Unprecedented collection without the Golden Retriever of wines: Pinot Noir. Pinot is likable, it’s easy, and its natural state of being is simply charming. It’s an incredibly easy red wine to love, which is why so many people do. The grape itself is from the Burgundy region of France, but has made its way to California, Oregon, Australia, Italy, Argentina, and Germany since. Our Pinot Noir has no surprise twists—it’s a classic light red with just the right amount of sweetness to keep you coming back for another glass (or two).

Coteaux Bourguignons


The Burgundy region of France is home to their best Pinot Noirs, but we took the grapes into our own hands to create something extra special with our Coteaux Bourguignons. It’s a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay, which results in a French red that’s light in body but full in flavor. The ripest blueberries and freshest herbs can be easily detected in this French burgundy blend. May we suggest pairing it with some creamy brie and freshly baked bread? It’s a oui-ning combo.




A little sweet. A little tart. A little salty? You truly get it all with this white Italian wine. If you're into that biting acidity, Verdicchio will probably be high on your list of most-loved wines from our Andiamo collection. Citrus fruits like mandarin, lemon, and grapefruit are at the forefront, but what really sets this Italian wine apart is its distinct notes of almond. While our Verdicchio can start out tasting a bit tart, the more you sip, the smoother it becomes. In fact, we suggest approaching it as an aperitif (Italian for an alcoholic drink sipped before a meal to stimulate the appetite) to experience its full effect.


Côtes du Rhône White


This was one of our first French wines to join the Passport collection and one sip will explain why. Some background on the Rhône Valley in France: While this region is known for its dark, juicy reds, a very small amount of special white wines are made in the Rhône Valley. Our Côtes du Rhône is packed with French-perfected, floral flavor and Old-World charm. Its natural tang paired with the weighty Marsanne grape and aromatic Roussanne grape results in a crisp, savory sip that’ll transport you to a sunbathing chair by the Rhône itself.


Bordeaux Rouge


When you picture medieval folk sitting around a feast with goblets of wine, chances are they were drinking Bordeaux. This wine has been made in France since forever and is arguably the most classic French wine out there. Bordeaux is known for its full body, smoky notes, and rich, oaky taste. If you love cabs, chances are you will adore Bordeaux. For our Passport wines, we had to include this classic French red for you to sip and enjoy to your heart’s content. Best savored over a rich meal like lamb ragu, ratatouille, or BBQ.


Ventoux Rosé


You probably know that the Tour de France is held on Ventoux Mountain in France, but did you know that the same area is known for its high-altitude rosé? This is the kind of quintessential French rosé that you don’t need to spin your wheels over—it’s simply delicious, crisp, and perfect for warm weather. Despite its delicate, pale pink color, each sip is lush with flavor, from tropical passionfruit and zesty citrus to refreshing melon. This has the potential to be your new summer go-to, so we’d suggest stocking up.



Wild Child

Say “¡Hola!” to Spain’s main grape: Tempranillo. This red grape put Rioja wine on the map and is un vino tinto classico. It’s best compared to a classic cab, but with a bit more unique magic that’s hard to put your finger on, which is why it’s a part of our Wild Child line. This medium- to full-bodied wine with its relatively higher tannins usually offers complex notes of cherry, fig, cedar, tobacco, and dill. This is the type of red wine you want to buy and pour for a Latin-infused meal; think carne asada, tacos al carbon, or just perfectly cooked steak fajita meat.


La Pluma

We knew the only red in the La Pluma collection had to be exceptionally good and exceptionally light. That’s why including a Grenache was a no-brainer. If smooth, fruit-forward, light-bodied reds appeal to your tastebuds, this could be your new favorite. The grape itself is tricky; depending on the climate of where its grown, Grenache wines could be light, dense, or somewhere in the middle. La Pluma’s version has all the airiness and flavor notes we wanted in our Grenache, which is how we know you’ll love it. Get the most of this red by pairing it with roasted meats, spice-heavy vegetables, and Mexican-inspired dishes with lots of cumin.




This grape goes by different names in most European countries, but what remains the same is its fruity floral nature. Delicate in every way and extremely quaffable, this wine is as dainty as they come.



We really try not to play favorites at In Good Taste, but there is just something about an Italian Barbera that hits different in the best way. Barberas are the perfect wine for pizza night; they're low in alcohol, and medium-bodied but taste super light, and their berry and plum flavors pair incredibly well with savory tomato sauce and cheese! Another fun thing about Barberas? They actually taste great when chilled, which is not something we're in the habit of suggesting for our red wines. Our Italian Barbera lies somewhere between the body of a cab and a pinot and is the ideal choice for a "ladies who lunch" kind of afternoon.


Wild Child

We couldn't not have a weird white in the mix, right?! The Vermentino grape is native along the coast of Italy on the island of Sardinia (yeah, like the fish). Because of its origin, this grape offers a salty, crisp flavor that's incredibly easy to drink and enjoy. We say it's "weird" only because it's not widely known by name, but chances are you've probably had it before if you've ever ordered white wine in an Italian restaurant. If you love peaches and lemons and get a kick out of anything that reminds you of the sea, our Vermentino is the perfect Italian white to experience on a sunny day outside.




For the Chardonnay lovers who are looking to dig a bit deeper in the world of bold whites, a Viognier (pronounced vee-own-yay) could be your next big adventure. Viogniers tend to have more range; while they can be creamy with hints of vanilla like their Chardonnay counterpart, they also offer lighter, fruitier flavors like tangerine, mango, and honeysuckle. It’s still a more full-bodied white wine, but unlike Chardonnay, it’s softer on acidity and more perfumed. Spend an afternoon with a glass of Viognier amongst the flowers and it’ll all make sense.


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