The Kirkland Signature Pinot Grigio from Costco, only $4.99 and packed with flavor. Pinot Grigio from Friuli Grave, Italy. … [Read more...]
The Best Pizza Wines
Pizza and Wine. It's a match made in heaven! There's nothing quite like the perfect wine to elevate your pizza to the next level, but how do you choose the best pizza wines?
Here at Reverse Wine Snob, we're making it easy with our giant list of all the best wines to pair with pizza. From the no-brainers to the unconventional, we cover them all and almost all of them are under $20! (Although we do throw in a few over $20 selections as well for when you want to splurge.)
If you're eating a classic, red sauce pizza then there are a few wine varieties that really stand out and pair beautifully. One of our top choices would be Barbera. With its distinctive cherry notes and high acidity, this variety shines with anything featuring tomato sauces.
Of course, with pizza being Italian there are lots of other Italian wines that work equally as well. From Sangiovese based wines like Chianti and Brunello, to Aglianico, to the Sicilian Nero d'Avola, we have plenty of recommendations from Italy on our list below.
And while all these Italian varietals are certainly our stand-bys, it's also fun to get a creative with your choices. Zinfandel can be a great pick, especially if your pizza has any BBQ influence. Red blends can also be another great place to look, especially GSM (Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre) blends.
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And it's not just red wines that pair wonderfully with pizza, white wines can work too! Pinot Grigio would probably be our go-to, but depending on the toppings (chicken, veggies or even salad), many other varieties will also work - everything from Chardonnay to Sauvignon Blanc, especially if you're using a white sauce.
As always, our best advice is simply to explore to see what combinations work for you! To help get you started, read on for our list of...
The Best Pizza Wines
We check out the latest vintage of the Kirkland Signature Toscana from Costco. The 2019 vintage does not specify the blend but I imagine it is similar to the 2018 which was 75% Sangiovese, 22% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is from Tuscany, Italy. … [Read more...]
We review the latest vintage of the Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise Zin-based blend to see if it can sustain its previous Bulk Buy rating. 70% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 10% Syrah and 4% Grenache from Paso Robles, California. … [Read more...]
THIS LIMITED TIME OFFER IS NOW EXPIRED! Sign up below to make sure you get the next one. Learn more about our winery direct INSIDER DEALS here. Art + Farm Wines is back with a stunning, perfect 10 Cabernet from some of the most sought after grapes in all of Australia and it's … [Read more...]
THIS LIMITED TIME OFFER IS NOW EXPIRED! Sign up below to make sure you get the next one. Learn more about our winery direct INSIDER DEALS here. Save over $12 a bottle on this 93-94 point, perfect 10 Zinfandel from Amador County. Welcome to the new vintage of one our most … [Read more...]
A combination of factors make this wine seem almost too good to be true, the Kirkland Signature Chianti Classico Riserva from Costco. Sangiovese from Chianti Classico DOCG, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy. … [Read more...]
THIS LIMITED TIME OFFER IS NOW EXPIRED! Sign up below to make sure you get the next one. Learn more about our winery direct INSIDER DEALS here. And it's HALF OFF until Sunday 7/31 at midnight! Master winemaker Clark Smith is back with a perfect 10 (94+ points) single vineyard … [Read more...]
An attractive, balanced white from Lugana in Northern Italy, the Famiglia Olivini Lugana. 100% Trebbiano di Laguna (Verdicchio) from the Lugana wine region in northern Italy. The wine has less than 2 g/L of residual sugar. … [Read more...]
Revisiting the Villa Cerrina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, an old $5 favorite from Trader Joe's. But does it still measure up? There's no information given from Trader Joe's but this is a DOC wine so according to the rules for Montepulciano d'Abruzzo it must be at least 85% … [Read more...]
Another consistently good Trader Joe's pick, the Pontificis GSM. 40% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre from Languedoc-Roussillon, France. It has 7 g/L of residual sugar. … [Read more...]
THIS LIMITED TIME OFFER IS NOW EXPIRED! Sign up below to make sure you get the next one. Learn more about our winery direct INSIDER DEALS here. Today we've got a special treat for you from Italy: Two 94-point bottles of Aglianico plus two 92-point bottles featuring the rare … [Read more...]
THIS LIMITED TIME OFFER IS NOW EXPIRED! Sign up below to make sure you get the next one. Learn more about our winery direct INSIDER DEALS here. These two single vineyard, Bulk Buy rated, dry-farmed, naturally made beauties are 40% off (and less than $13 a bottle)! Peterson … [Read more...]
Authentic Chianti character for just $4.99 courtesy of Aldi, the Adventure Series Chianti DOCG. Primarily Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy. … [Read more...]
THIS LIMITED TIME OFFER IS NOW EXPIRED! Sign up below to make sure you get the next one. Learn more about our winery direct INSIDER DEALS here. Welcome to Quaff City, where the wine goes down easy. It's time for another Pedroncelli auto-buy on this summer stock-up blend of … [Read more...]
A basic Valpolicella Superiore with a fantastic finish, the Santi Ventale Valpolicella Superiore. A blend of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella from vineyards in the Illasi Valley in the Valpolicella wine region in Veneto, Italy. The wine is aged for 18 months in 500-litre … [Read more...]
Made from partially dried grapes, we review the Zenato Alanera Rosso Veronese. 55% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 10% Corvinone, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot from the Costalunga Estate in Veneto, Italy. 50% of the grapes used to produce the wine are partially dried for … [Read more...]
And for as low as $10, it's highly recommended too. We review the 13 Celsius Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. Sauvignon Blanc from vineyards in Wairau Valley, Fairhall and Raupaura of Marlborough, New Zealand. The wine does not spend any time in oak and has … [Read more...]
A Tuscan blend that delivers more than anticipated, we review the Castello La Leccia Vivaio del Cavaliere Toscano Rosso. 75% Sangiovese, 20% Malvasia Nera and 5% Syrah, all organically grown, from Tuscany, Italy. The wine is matured in concrete tanks for 6 months. … [Read more...]
A big, dry, rich and tasty wine, the Villa di Capezzana Carmignano DOCG. Organically grown 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from Carmignano, Tuscany, Italy. The wine is aged in French barriques and tonneaux for 12 months and another 12 months in bottle before … [Read more...]
THIS LIMITED TIME OFFER IS NOW EXPIRED! Sign up below to make sure you get the next one. Learn more about our winery direct INSIDER DEALS here. With a perfect 10 Taste Rating (94+ Points), a pedigree of high scores and a spot on our list of the Top 10 Red Wines of 2021 (not to … [Read more...]
A delightfully good blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese at a great Costco price, the Il Conte Villa Prandone Marinus Piceno Superiore. 70% Montepulciano and 30% Sangiovese from the Monteprandone hills area of Ascoli Piceno in Marche, Italy. The wine spends one year in … [Read more...]
A $10 Sicilian from organically grown grapes, the Vento di Mare Nero d'Avola. 100% Nero d'Avola from Gibellina in Sicily, Italy. The grapes are grown organically and the wine is matured in stainless steel tanks. … [Read more...]
Splurging on old vine Barbera, we review the Tenuta Montemagno Mysterium Barbera d'Asti Superiore. 100% Barbera from estate vines averaging 80 years of age in Piedmont, Italy. The wine is aged in a combination of barrels, barriques and tonneaux for 18 months and has just 1 … [Read more...]
A nice, inexpensive and organic find from western Sicily, the Vento di Mare Nerello Mascalese Terre Siciliane IGP. 100% Nerello Mascalese, organically grown in Colline di Gibellina in western Sicily, Italy. The wine is matured in stainless steel tanks. … [Read more...]
A taste of an exclusive grape from Piedmont, three excellent Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato wines from Luca Ferraris. Ruchè (pronounced "Roo-kay") is a little know grape outside of Piedmont. That likely has a lot to do with its scarcity. In 1988 there were only 10 hectares … [Read more...]
THIS LIMITED TIME OFFER IS NOW EXPIRED! Sign up below to make sure you get the next one. Learn more about our winery direct INSIDER DEALS here. The Scott Harvey Barbera is back! Don't miss the 45% savings on this Bulk Buy rated beauty of a Barbera with a perfect 10 Taste … [Read more...]
A whole lot of flavor for just $8, the Bodega San Gregorio Tres Ojos Old Vines Garnacha. Unoaked Garnacha goodness from the Calatayud. 85% dry farmed Garnacha from 40-50+ year old vines plus 15% Tempranillo from Calatayud, Spain. The wine is whole berry fermented and aged … [Read more...]
Revisiting a Trader Joe's classic after many years leaves us unimpressed, but can the low cost make up for it? The Chariot Gypsy red blend. A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and other red varieties (including some Mega Purple I'm sure) from California. … [Read more...]
Costco's take on an iconic wine rarely found under $20, the Kirkland Signature Barolo DOCG. Plus we track down the true producer... Nebbiolo from Serralunga d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy. While we don't know the exact aging on this wine, the Barolo region requires 38 months of … [Read more...]
Bulk Buy on a value-priced Nebbiolo, the Nino Negri Quadrio Valtellina Superiore DOCG. 90% Nebbiolo and 10% Merlot from estate vineyards in Valtellina, Lombardy, Italy. The wine spends 18 months in large French and Slavonian oak vats and at least another 4 months in bottle … [Read more...]
Quite a flavorful wine for just $10, the Kirkland Signature Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel from Costco. Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California. … [Read more...]
A pleasing Sauvignon Blanc from Trader Joe's, the Sauvignon de Seguin Bordeaux White. 100% Sauvignon Blanc from Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux, France. The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats and has just 0.3 g/L of residual sugar. … [Read more...]