Step Aside Beer, Pizza has a Grape New Friend
Pizza and beer has made a name for itself in college dorm rooms, at game nights, during super bowl parties, and anything in between. But did you know pizza and wine also go together? Casual meets sophistication in this tasty duo. Simply place an order at a nearby San Mateo pizza restaurant, grab your favorite bottle of wine, and you are ready to kick back, relax, and enjoy one of the best pairings the Bay Area has to offer!
Just like any food and wine pairing, be sure to pair your preferred pizza with the right type of wine. Check out these appetizing pizza and wine duos and discover your perfect combination.
GSM (blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre) or Montepulciano flatters the simplicity of the classic cheese pizza. These delectable wines easily enhance the acidic intensity of the red sauce. Next time you call (or go online) for a pizza delivery, make sure your wine cooler is stocked with these two wines.
Made with robust spices like pepper, anise, garlic powder, paprika and sugar, pepperoni dominates every bite of the traditional pepperoni pizza. Americans use cured beef and pork when manufacturing the meat, which adds to a high fat content and distinctive taste. The fat saturates the entire pizza and gives it a potent flavor. You’ll need a strong wine such as Sangiovese or Cabernet Franc to counterbalance the pepperoni taste that dominates the cheese.
The light and refreshing taste in this basil infused pizza calls for a more delicate wine. Lightly flavored ingredients such as tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella make it the perfect candidate for a dry rose’ or garnacha pairing.
A mildly sweet wine like Riesling, Zinfandel, or Lambrusco create delectable flavors when paired with Canadian bacon. Rieslings’ acidic nature acts as a palate cleanser, while the sweetness will enhance the savory, sweet combination of the ham and pineapple. If you don’t like Riesling, consider a fruitier and/or sweeter red such as Zinfandel, Primitivo, or Lambrusco.
Sausage pizza goes great with bolder full-bodied wines like Syrah and Pinotage. The strong spices used in sausages such as fennel, anise, thyme and oregano are equalized by the strength of these bold wines. Intensely dark flavors of blackberry, plum, olive and blueberry pair great with fennel-drive sausage.
A creamy white pizza invites the relaxing flavors of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. While white pizza tends to go well with many wines, both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have an affinity to green herbs that are often sprinkled on top of the pizza.
The Best Pizza in San Mateo Should be Paired with the Best California Wine!
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you have the luxury of being close to some of the best wineries in the Golden State. If you enjoy wine and pizza, but aren’t sure how to pair them together, we hope this blog post helped! Treat yourself to the perfect glass of wine and best pizza in San Mateo when you dine with us at Windy City Pizza! You can also place an order for delivery (or pickup) right here on our website, or by calling (650) 578-1942.