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6 Wine Pairings to upgrade your pizza

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Whether it’s a Netflix and chill night or a pizza night out; pair these wines with your favourite pizza toppings to bring out the full flavours and delight your palate.

Pepperoni

To balance out the strong spice of pepperoni, choose wine with rich, fruity flavours. Its savoury qualities will cut through the pepperoni’s fat and saltiness, providing the perfect moreish match. 

Pair with: Sangiovese or Barbera, Nero d’Avola, Nebbiolo.

Vegetarian 

If you like your vegetables where you can see them on a pizza, think of wine with gentle notes that’s not going to compete with the ingredients on a vegetarian pizza. 

Pair with: Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, Prosecco, Fiano, Rosé.

Meat

Whether it’s a meat lover’s pizza or chicken; go with full-bodied reds with rich fruity flavours that are up to the task and can perfectly match the fattiness of the meat for an undeniable flavour combination.

Pair with: Cabernet Sauvignon or Tempranillo, Shiraz, Malbec.

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BBQ 

The smokiness and sweetness of the barbeque sauce will pair perfectly with the fruitiness of a Pinot Noir. Its light body and fine tannins will work beautifully with the chicken, without overpowering it.

Pair with: Pinot Noir, or Dolcetto, Merlot, Chardonnay, Rosé.

Mushrooms

There’s no better pairing than Pinot and mushrooms—they’re all about earth and spice. A little oregano makes the match even better.

Cheese

Whether it’s a classic Margherita or a pizza with even more cheese, try a dry rosé which is perfect for lighter flavored pizzas, or a light aromatic red like pinot noir which is just acidic enough to cut through the tomato sauce and thin layer of oil from melted cheese

Pair with: rosé and pinot noir

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Health reasons why you should drink red wine every day.

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Call us biased but we think you should be drinking red wine every day. But don’t just take our word for it, medical professionals back us on this claim. While alcohol in general, gets a bad rap from doctors, the one drink they seem to endorse, all be it in moderation is red wine. Yes, because it has surprising health benefits and a glass a day will help keep you in tiptop shape.

8 health benefits of drinking red wine.

  • Drinking red wine is known to improve your short term memory. It helps you retain information, thanks to the effects of resveratrol.
  • Not a big fan of eye diseases? Don’t worry, a glass of wine a day will prevent cataract. This is because red wine is rich in antioxidants.
  • No one enjoys a dental plague or a dentist bill so it’s good to know the natural antioxidants in wine reduces bacteria that causes tooth decay and helps prevent annoying and expensive trips to the dentist.
  • Red wine is also good for the heart and prevents heart disease. This is because it helps regulate fat and cholesterol in the body. It decreases bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol which is good for the heart. Also, certain components of wine block the development of fat cells.
  • Some studies have shown promising results that wine reduces the risk of cancer. It slows down the development of lung cancer and helps prevent certain types of skin cancer.
  • You’ll also be happy to know that a glass a day helps maintain your youth. The antioxidants in red wine help improve the skin’s appearance. In fact, there are a lot of beauty treatments that use the components of wine in their products.
  • An Italian study from 2009 claims a potential relation between the nutriments of red wine and higher sexual activity. Think of it as an aphrodisiac and get your freak on.
  • One benefit of red wine we’re sure you don’t need a doctor to tell you about is that it helps beat stress. The antioxidants in the wine act as a great stress reliever so go on, sip away.

Just to make the health professionals happy, we must say that the WHO advises not to exceed the daily consumption of two glasses of wine for men and one glass for women.

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8 words that’ll make you a wine expert instantly.

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Becoming a wine expert takes time, ask sommeliers, it’s no joke. You have to read, study, and practice wine service as well as identify wines by tasting them blindly.

But if you’ve been drinking wine for years and know you can do all of the above while holding your own against the so-called wine experts with professional training; then all you need are these commonly used wine phrases that’ll instantly have you talking like the wine expert you are.

Legs

Legs are the rivulets that run down the side of a wine glass after the wine has been swirled around. The more legs you see, the more full-bodied and alcoholic the wine is.

Tight

A tight wine is a wine without much flavour, meaning, it needs to unwind and develop further.

Reductive

This refers to wine that is kept air-tight during fermentation. The lack of oxygen often creates a sulphurous smell in the wine.

Oxidized

When a wine is oxidized, it means it’s stale and flat due to overexposure to air.

Bouquet

This is the characteristic smell of a matured wine. Bouquet takes a long time to develop, which is why mature wines have complex bouquets.

Terroir

This is a French term for an entire region and climate where a grape is grown. It also sometimes refers to known flavours of a grape’s region.

Tannins

This is the naturally occurring compounds found in the skins, stems and pips of grapes. Tannins also act as a natural preservative to help the wine age and develop.

Body

This is the weight and fullness of a wine on your palate. Wine can be light, medium, or full-bodied. Full-bodied wines tend to be high in alcohol.

So there you have it, you probably knew all these characteristics of wine but wasn’t describing them with these terms; simply arm yourself with these words when talking about wine and voila, you’re a wine expert in the eyes of the ‘professionals.’

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