Homemade pizza sounds difficult, but truly it isn’t. It’s a great opportunity to try new flavor combinations, and budget-wise, it’s certainly cheaper than eating out. Guess what that means? More money for wine!
If you want to give homemade pizza a shot, you can go all out and make your own dough. It’s really simple if you have a breadmaker, but a stand mixer with a dough hook works as well. This pizza dough recipe from Good Cheap Eats is great. If making your own dough sounds too daunting, you can easily pick up a ball of ready-made dough at the grocery store.
If you’re looking for something other than the typical pepperoni, try this recipe for BBQ Chicken Pizza from A Spoonful of Flavor. The barbecue chicken and sauce combine with the pineapple, cilantro, and red onion to make something really special.
Want to kick your pizza experience up a notch? Try pairing your homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza with one of these wines:
BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe and Wine Pairing
There are a lot of diverse and contrasting flavors going on in this pizza, including the sweet pineapple, herbal cilantro, and sweet and spicy barbecue sauce. This opens our options up to focus on the elements of the dish we want to compliment. All five wines below are very different from each other in style, body, and flavor, but they will all compliment the dish in very different ways.
Zinfandel: Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel ~ $10
Zinfandel is a classic match for barbecue sauce for its rich fruit flavors and bold characteristics. The Gnarly Head is no exception with its dark rich berry flavors and luscious black cherry and berry flavors in the mouth with layers of spice and intensity. A good choice if you’re in the mood for a big, rich, and bold wine that will compliment the flavors found in your favorite barbecue sauce.
Pinot Grigio: Kris Pinot Grigio ~ $12
For something light and refreshing but with enough kick to stand up to the complex flavors in the pizza, check out the Kris Pinot Grigio. Clean, light, and refreshing, with citrus, floral, and almond aromas. The wine is very refreshing with lively acidity, and it will refresh the palate after each bite of the flavorful pizza.
Riesling: Hogue Riesling ~ $8
For something to offset potential heat from your barbecue sauce and compliment the pineapple flavors, try a semi-sweet Riesling like this one from Hogue. Sweet apricot, lemon, tangerine, and peach aromas lead to a slightly sweet mouthfeeel with refreshing acidity. The sweet flavors of the wine will match well with the sweet and spicy components of the pizza.
Albarino: Licia Albarino ~ $15
For another light and refreshing option, try this Albarino with lemon, orange, herbs, grapefruit, and green apple aromas. Fresh and slightly spritzy on the palate with lingering grapefruit, fresh acidity, and a lemon zest minerally finish. A nice wine for light summer dishes or to lighten up the bold flavors in this pizza.
Dolcetto: Domenico Clerico Langhe Dolcetto Visadi ~ $15
On the opposite spectrum, if you’re looking for something dark, bold, and big, try this rich Dolcetto. Dark in color with powerful aromas of dark berry fruit, smoke, eucalyptus, and toast, leading to a mouthfeel that is intense yet velvety with more dark berry fruit flavors, mild tannins, and nice acidity. This wine can certainly pair with rich red meat dishes, but can also stand up to the contrasting flavors in this sweet, spicy, and flavorful pizza.
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