There are few pleasures in life more satisfying than a bottle of wine with a steaming hot pizza pie. And yet, the choice of wine to marry with Italy’s most famous dish is a deceivingly complex question. First, consider that the Italians themselves, directly in the face of their superlative wine culture, typically opt for a cold beer when pizza is on the menu. Which begs the question: have we been doing it wrong all along? Are pizza and wine even meant to be? A trip to the homeland of great pizza, Napoli, is in order to help illuminate this puzzling enigma. Upon sitting down in one of the city’s many legendary pizzerie, one notices some patrons gulping an ice-cold birretta, while others sip a glass of the local red—typically Gragnano, a Lambrusco-like sparkling red produced south of Mount Vesuvius. While nobody can argue with these simple, yet mouth-watering choices, pizza around the world takes on countless forms beyond the coveted napoletana variety. In the U.S. alone, we have New York thin crust, Chicago-style deep dish, Detroit’s rectangular pan pies, so-called Hawaiian pizza with pineapple and spam (yuck), and our very own, homegrown California style topped with local, seasonal ingredients (put an egg on that, please). The infinite flavor possibilities naturally lend themselves to a diverse and wide-ranging choice of wine pairings. Having carried out years’ worth of experiments studying the question, we are now proposing a discounted list of our favorite pizza wines, with a focus on reds, rosés, and sparklers to be matched to the pie of your choice. After all, pizza is a complete meal featuring nearly all the major food groups, and can provide a religious experience when carefully matched to a great wine—in our view, the most important food group.
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J. Lassalle France | Champagne | Chigny-Les-Roses
Delightfully crisp and glowing a delicate rose-gold, this supple, textured and aromatically dynamic Champagne is the perfect accompaniment to a grilled salmon...or a sunset.
While our retail shop in Berkeley is not yet open for browsing, all of our staff continues to taste and recommend new bottlings as well as ones that have continued to evolve beautifully on our racks or in the back of the store. Here you will find our staff’s current favorites!
Here at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant we don’t believe in selling anything mediocre, and we would certainly not put our name on a wine we didn’t believe in. So our values are just that, wines that are full of value and quality.
Shaped like a crescent hugging the Mediterranean coast, the region boasts an enormous variety of soil types and microclimates depending on elevation, exposition, and relative distance from the coastline and the cooler foothills farther inland. While the warm Mediterranean climate is conducive to the production of reds, there are world-class whites and rosés
Tasting Grenache, Garnatxa, Grannacia, Cannonau, or whatever you choose to call it across many regions, it quickly becomes apparent that this grape is a chameleon whose identity changes in accordance with the local conditions.
You won’t find many producers who have had such success in their traditional wines over decades and who experiment with new wines. This collection features three examples of the old and three of the new.
Catherine and Pierre Breton are two of the hardest working people we know in the wine business. This explains why their wines, despite the fact that they are totally natural and unadulterated, are so incredibly consistent; consistently delicious.
Drinking distilled spirits, beer, coolers, wine and other alcoholic beverages may increase cancer risk, and, during pregnancy, can cause birth defects. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/alcohol
Many food and beverage cans have linings containing bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical known to cause harm to the female reproductive system. Jar lids and bottle caps may also contain BPA. You can be exposed to BPA when you consume foods or beverages packaged in these containers. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/bpa