To accompany the pizza, choosing an Italian wine often gives good results. Here are four suggestions, in addition to a local beer, because pizza in Quebec has been adopted quite a bit.
Wines and beer with pizza
1/ La Session Houblon, Microbrasserie Le Castor
The India Session Ale is a more accessible version: it contains less alcohol, its hop aromas are often less powerful, like bitterness. Orange in color and very clear, its foam is scarce. The aromas of tropical fruits and green hay are present, but not powerful. On the palate, it offers a nice compromise between bitterness, citrus and vegetable notes. Its format is perfect for sharing on TV, around pizza and chicken wings.
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2/ Barone Ricasoli Chianti Toscana DOCG 2018
Much less fleshy than the Brolio cuvée from the same house, Chianti Barone Ricasoli is a good choice with pepperoni pizza. In Chianti where Sangiovese is king, the robustness of this grape variety is softened by a touch of Merlot. After a few months in large wooden barrels, the result is slightly spicy. The woody notes do not mask the ton of red fruit that invites you to sit at the table. The crisp and juicy palate combines perfectly with the acidity of the tomato sauce. For the price, hard to beat.
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3/ Biscaris Barunieddu Frappato 2018
When the bottle is opened, this Sicilian red is rather discreet. But don’t trust the first impression. A few hours after opening, you will want to savor it to the last drop. Wow! Based on batter, it smells of small red fruits and dried flowers. The juicy and fruity attack is enhanced by a fairly powerful structure. It’s long, really good and organic. Do not hesitate to put it in a carafe.
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4/ Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Gresy Villa Martis Langhe 2014
Experts often compare Piedmont and Burgundy. Not that the regions produce identical wines, but in both cases, its producers have fragmented the terroir and are trying to highlight its richness and nuances. The Villa Martis cuvée is much more powerful than a Pinot Noir from Burgundy.
The blend of nebbiolo and barbera, from vines of the Barbaresco appellation, gives a medium-bodied red with notes of undergrowth, black fruit and rose that persist for a long time on the taste buds. The wine, which is already four years old, has supple tannins that will go well with pizza. It will also be perfect with ribs when listening to the Super Bowl.
[ SHOP $28.95 ]