Saturday, July 21, 2007

Chianti With Pizza?

A few weeks ago, there was an exchange in comments under my Thin Crust Pizza post. The discussion centered around whether wine was a suitable beverage to accompany pizza.

Bill said:
"Please don't show a bottle of chianti with pizza. Italians do the sensible thing and drink either beer (not the American watery kind) or coke with their pizzas because eveyone knows that pizza and wine is a perfect heartburn recipe."
To which Ronald replied:
"I drink wine with pizza. I occasionally will have beer but I prefer wine, with no heartburn. How can anyone espouse soda as a viable beverage for anything?"
To which Bill replied:
"I'm just telling you what Italians drink with pizza. Wine is not considered a suitable drink with pizza there."
Nick added:
"I rather like a light wine, like the Chianti pictured, with a good pizza."
Coincidentally, I received an email from Natalie MacLean, of Nat Decants, last night. Natalie writes about wine. Boy, does she write about wine.

Natalie weighs in:
"You really can drink wine with just about anything."
Not only does she defend a wine & pizza pairing, she itemizes her go-with-pizza picks on her Wine & Food Matcher:

The following wines go best with pizza:

Red Wine
  • Barbaresco
  • Cabernet Franc Full-Bodied
  • Chianti
  • Dolcetto
  • Montepulciano D'abruzzo
  • Dry Rose
Not the last word. Just another data point.

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