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It’s getting close to the end of the work week. You definitely don’t feel like cooking, but you definitely do feel like a glass—or two—of wine. What to do? Pizza, of course.The crust, the sauce, the toppings… the cheese! Pizza has its roots in Italy, but in some ways it’s as American as apple pie. So whether you like your pizza with extra cheese or piled high with toppings, we can all agree that pizza is best when paired with wine.Want to make sure you choose the right wine for your pizza of choice? We’ve picked OUR favorite wines for some of YOUR favorite pizza.Classic Cheese Pizza — MerlotYour favorite New York style cheese pizza. It’s about the sauce and the ooey, gooey cheese. And it’s about finding a wine that can handle that level of acidity and flavor. Our choice? Merlot. Ultra smooth and soft adding the perfect balance to the intense tomato and spice flavors or red sauce.Two of our favorites: Joel Gott Merlot, Charles Smith Merlot The Velvet Devil Sausage Pizza — ShirazMeat lovers love a good sausage pizza and with it a perfectly bold red. Our choice is Shiraz. Full bodied, with intense fruit flavors that are a great accompaniment with the spicy, fennel-driven flavors in sausage.Two of our favorites: Layer Cake Shiraz, Rosemount Estate Shiraz Diamond LabelPepperoni Pizza — Sangiovese The strong flavor of pepperoni needs an equally strong wine, with power enough to handle the cayenne pepper, anise, garlic powder and paprika that gives pepperoni its bold flavor. We like Sangiovese, the most popular Italian red grape and one that’s practically made for taming spicy foods.One of our favorites: Borgo Reale Sangiovese di Puglia Margherita Pizza —RoséThis is one pizza that craves a softer red—it must be that wonderful aromatic mix of fresh basil, chopped tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella. We gravitate towards rosés, but any lightly flavored fruitier wine will work just as well. Two of our favorites: Chateau d'Esclans Rose Whispering Angel, Flam Rose White Pizza — Pinot NoirWithout traditional red sauce, you can really concentrate on cheese-loving wines. Our favorite is Pinot Noir, with its own “creamy” notes and affinity for the green herbs that are often sprinkled on top of white pizza (including tarragon).Two of our favorites: Meiomi Pinot Noir, Simi Pinot Noir
Hawaiian Pizza — LambruscoCanadian bacon and pineapple on pizza is a tad out of the ordinary, so look for slightly unusual wine choices for pairing. Our favorite is Lambrusco, a slightly frizzante red from Italy that has just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the salty flavor of the ham. One of our favorites: Cavicchioli Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro RobaneraWhether it’s pick up, take out or delivery, before you bite into that pizza make sure you have a bottle of well-chosen wine ready to uncork. Buy online or visit your neighborhood Wine Country Store or Wine & Whiskey Country Store. Mangia!
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