Crisp white wines with lots of acidity and versatility like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Fiano, Unoaked Chardonnay, Prosecco and Rosé, pair best with Vegetarian Pizza. For red wine, Cabernet Franc has plenty of tart green notes that make it exceptional with Vegetarian Pizza featuring green bell peppers or green olives.
Sauvignon Blanc & Vegetarian Pizza Pairing
There is no standard Vegetarian Pizza, which makes this pizza a beautiful thing. You can expect a rainbow of colours, such as white or red onions, broccoli, green bell peppers, Jalapeño pepper, banana peppers, roasted red peppers, green olives, black olives, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes. Thus, you need a versatile white wine and full of acidity to cut through the carbohydrates and cheese on your pizza.
Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp white wine that is full of tart citrus flavours, along with herbaceous notes that complement any green flavours found on your pizza. The acidity of Sauvignon Blanc electrifies the vegetable flavours buried under the cheese, while the grassy green notes of the wine add an extra flair to the whole ordeal.
Rosé and Vegetarian Pizza Pairing
Dry Rosé is deceiving due to its pink colour as you’d expect this wine to be sweet. However, Rosé is a dry and acidic wine that is incredibly versatile with food. On the palate, expect notes of strawberry, cranberry, raspberry and lime, making Rosé taste refreshing against the backdrop of all the carbs in your crust, or the fat and protein of your cheese. These elements tend to overtake your tastebuds, and after a few bites, all the vegetable notes will get drowned out due to your dulled senses. Not with Rosé, as it swooshes in and cleans out your tastebuds with its tingly acidity.
On top of its cleansing power, the acidity of Rosé acts as a highlighter as the wine touches each and every vegetable. Thus, the wine zips around and electrifies all the subtle flavours of the brocoli, peppers, onions, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes or herbs scattered across your slice.
Unoaked Chardonnay & Vegetarian Pizza Pairing
Unoaked Chardonnay has steely notes of green apple, melon, tropical fruit and citrus with a vibrant acidity that will flush out all the delicate vegetable flavours strewn about your vegetarian pizza. In between bites, the acidity will keep your mouth refreshed ensuring each bite is as wonderful as the last.
If you’re enjoying your pizza on a patio, Unoaked Chardonnay is the way to go. It’s a fun-loving and food-friendly white wine that brings on the good times.
Fiano di Avellino & Grilled Vegetarian Pizza Pairing
Fiano is a white wine from Southern Italy with fresh acidity and an alluring minerality that jives perfectly with any earthy vegetables on your pizza slice. With Fiano, you can also expect notes of smoke, citrus, herb, nectarine, toasted almond and honey, all wrapped up in a blanket of balanced acidity.
Since pizza is such a casual food, it’s a great time to pair it up with a wine you’re not all that familiar with, like Fiano di Avellino. Bottle prices can vary. However, a $20 bottle will be good enough for vegetarian pizza. If your pizza features lots of grilled veggies, Fiano’s smoky allure makes this wine a winner.
Cabernet Franc & Vegetarian Pizza Pairing
With Vegetarian Pizza, it’s typically best to stay away from Red Wines as the deeper reds will overpower the subtle vegetable flavours. Thus, if you are drinking a red, you’ll want to seek out something medium-bodied at most, but lighter reds are preferable.
A medium-bodied Cabernet Franc won’t work with every type of vegetarian pizza, but it is outstanding with veggie pizzas with green olives and green bell peppers. Cabernet Franc flavours can vary on how they are produced but are often notable for tart green flavours that will complement the olives and peppers on your slice of ‘za.
Cabernet Franc from cooler climates, such as Ontario, Canada or the Loire valley in France tend to be more dominant in these tart green notes. Meanwhile, a California or a Chilean Cabernet Franc, where it is warmer, has a sweeter pepper quality that will complement roasted red peppers on your pizza. For both styles, you can also expect notes of raspberry jam, strawberry, wet gravel, cherry, oregano, chocolate and smoky tomato.
Cabernet Franc, while full of tannin, also has plenty of acidity, ensuring it will mingle well with the tomato sauce spread across your pizza. The acidity in tomatoes tends to make the tannin in wine taste like tin, however, the acidity in Cabernet Franc should even the keel to ensure that this does not occur.