Our wine expert has been on a mission while in lockdown to find wine and pizza pairings so good to make your smile wide enough for an extra slice
One of the most searched-for recipes on the BBC Food website during lockdown is pizza. At home, we’ve been making our own in the oven every Friday night and more often than not, a cold crisp beer is my go-to choice with these edible Italian discs of delight.
But the last few weeks of lockdown, I’ve been on a mission to find wine and pizza pairings so good to make your smile wide enough for an extra slice.
First of all, decide what type of pizza you fancy. If it’s seafood or just a plain pizza bianco (minus tomato), white wine is your one-way ticket to the pinnacle of Mount Glory.
Meaty rich toppings are all about the red vino. While rosé is a safe all-rounder (and I’d be going for a Provençal bottle to soak up those sunny Mediterranean flavours), I think zooming in with the precision of Goldfinger’s laser beam is worthwhile for that little bit of extra enjoyment.
Let’s say you’re going for dough balls too – chilled Prosecco contrasts splendidly with their soft plump texture and oozing golden melting garlic butter.
UPPER CRUST £14.95 MIP Rosé 2019 (12.5%) Lea & Sandeman and WINE OF THE WEEK £8.99* Nero Oro Appassimento 2018 (14%) Majestic (*Mix Six)
Or how about a plain old Margherita with molten cheese and vibrant tomato? A decent Chianti with the natural acidity that unfurls from the Sangiovese grapes is always good, or reach for a Valpolicella Ripasso for a red with bit more welly.
But for value, head to Sicily and nab a bottle of reliable Nero D’Avola – as smooth and mellow as black cherry on a lilo.