OUR SUGGESTED WINE PAIRINGS
We hope that this guide is a help to you when trying to decide what to drink with your next JustPizza. Whatever your choice, enjoy!
PLEASE REMEMBER: BE RESPONSIBLE, DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE
Pizza: Cheese, Cheese & Pepperoni, 3-Cheese Steak
Suggested Wine: Barbera
Barbera is a relatively recent wine from Italy, only mentioned in the 1600s. It’s a Rich, robust red that is made with the Barbera Grape. It is the third most planted Grape in Italy. Typical flavors for Barbera can include blueberries, blackberries, Black cherries and raspberries.
Suggested Wine: Beaujolais
Beaujolais is very light, fruity, and easy to drink. It typically has aromas of pear, Banana, and like smells. Beaujolais is made from the Gamay Grape and it is the first Output from each harvest – ready exactly on the Third Thursday of November each year. It is celebrated around the world as the tasting of the first Beaujolais Of the new season.
Pizza: White Style & Hawaiian
Suggested Wine: Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc is the name of both the grape and the wine it produces. Red Bordeaux, while mostly created with Cabernet Sauvignon, uses for blending in flavor both Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Cabernet Francs are also an important ingredient in Meritage. Francs often have cherry, blackberry, and vanilla aromas. The tannin is soft and gentle and the finish is smooth.
Pizza: Cheese & Pepperoni, 3-Cheese Steak, and Vegetarian
Suggested Wine: Chianti
Ah, Chianti. Remember the “old days”, Chianti was the basket-bottle wine, served on a red checked tablecloth, holding a romantic candle. Chianti comes from the Chainti region of Tuscany, Italy. Chianti is a red wine, strong and bold. Typical flavors in a Chianti include cherry, plum, strawberry, spice, almonds, tobacco, vanilla, and coffee. Chianti is often called a “fruity” wine, meaning it appeals to new wine drinkers.
Pizza: White Style
Suggested Wine: Chardonnay
The Chardonnay grape is thought to have originated in Lebanon, and in France Chardonnay became the only grape allowed to be grown in Chablis, Burgundy. These white Burgundy wines were well enjoyed, and the grape is also used in sparkling wines and Champagne. Chardonnay really hit is prime when it was grown in California, however its immense popularity over the past forty years has caught on in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Depending on where it’s grown and how it’s fermented. Chardonnay can taste semi-sweet or sour, heady or light. Typical flavors are apple, tangerine, lemon, lime, melon, and oak.
Pizza: White Style with Artichokes & Veggies
Suggested Wine: Gruner Veltliner
Gruner Veltliner is a white wine that most people associate with Austria. It is also grown in other locations, but in very small quantities. The Gruner Veltliner grape grows Very well in Austria, on terraces along the Danube River. The wine range from minerally to peppery depending on exactly where it is grown. Most people enjoy drinking Gruner Veltliner when it is young, but it does have the ability to age. Gruner Veltliner is an ancient grape, dating back to the days of the Romans. When you drink a Gruner Veltliner, you could be drinking the same wine enjoyed by Caesar!
Pizza: Red & White Styles
Suggested Wine: Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is a light red wine, first planted by the Gauls before the Roman Invasion. The Pinot Noir is the main grape used in much of Burgundy. Some experts feel that Pinot Noir makes the finest wine in the world. It was only recently, in the early 1990’s that Pinot Noir began to be grown in quantity in California, Oregon, Australia, and New Zealand. Pinot Noir grows best in cool climates an is an extremely difficult grape to grow and make into wine. A Pinot Noir’s color can range from cherry red to purple-red and even brown as the wine ages. Typical flavors include earth, leather vanilla (from the oak), and jam…the fruity flavors of the jam often taste like raspberry, strawberry, and plum.
Pizza: Red Styles with Cheese & Eggplant
Suggested Wine: Sangiovese
Sangiovese is best known as being the fruity, fresh wine that is the core of all traditional Italian Chianti wines. Chianti is the wine traditionally served in a basket-bottle, served with lasagna and pasta with red sauce. Most Sangiovese is grown in the Chianti region of Tuscany, Italy. Sangiovese is a hefty red wine that goes well with well seasoned foods. A 1997 Sangiovese is considered by many to be the “Vintage Of the Century”.
Pizza: Red Style Hawaiian Pizza
Suggested Wine: Sauvignon Blanc / Fume Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc has been used for generations in France, and came to the United States (California) in 1878. In the US it is sometimes called “Fume Blanc”, a name first coined by Robert Mondavi to play up its smoky flavor. New Zealand is now known as one of the top producers of Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc has pronounced flavors of an herbal variety, with grassy and apple flavors. plus olive and a soft smoky flavor. They can be anything from sweet to dry, but are typically very light. Sauvignon Blancs tend to be crisp and acidic, helping the wine cut through heavy food flavors.
Pizza: Red Style Hawaiian Pizza, White Pizza & Sicilian
Suggested Wine: Riesling
Riesling is a white grape and is usually made to be a sweet wine, although it can create a dry wine as well. In a way a sweet Riesling is the “precursor” to White Zinfandel- Riesling is the wine that “sweet tooth “drinkers sought before White Zinfandel became available. The Riesling Grape is believed to be indigenous to Germany, and has been planted there since the fourteenth century. Riesling does the best in Germany and in California. Riesling is a late ripening grape, and only has a moderate yield. This makes it difficult to grow, and often is reflected in pricing. Riesling grown in California tend to be dry and have a melon taste, while German grown are more tart and grapefruity. Riesling pairs well with all seafood’s and is used in the creation of Ontario, Canada’s Ice Wines.
Pizza: Red Style Cheese, Cheese and Italian Sausage, White Style 3 Cheese Steak
Suggested Wine: Red Zinfandel
Red Zinfandel is an “American Classic” Wine. It was even originally thought to be made of native California grapes. Research has shown the Zinfandel grape originated in Croatia, and then made famous in the early days of Italy and the Roman Empire. The grape is now primarily grown in California and grows best in cool, coastal locations. The color of a Zinfandel Wine is deep red, bordering on black Zinfandel is a spicy, peppery wine, with a hint of fruity flavor-berries or dark cherries are often the taste of range and goes well with Pizza.