It’s not a pizza party without a little vino. And, sure, while lots of options stand up nicely to doughy pizza, there’s only one wine that was basically made for drinking with a cheesy, delicious pie.
Meet: Lambrusco, a sparkling Italian red. (Call your girlfriend: Red wine can be sparkling, too.)
Now we know what you’re thinking: Lambrusco? Isn’t it that like an overly sweet, cheap frat party favorite? Well, sure. But that goes for any low-budget varietal. A quality Lambrusco is light and fresh with fruity tastes (like cherry, wild strawberry and plum) balanced with a slightly dry acidity.
Put it all together—fruit-forward flavor, dryness and bubbles—and you have the ultimate wine to pair with pizza. The light bubbles contrast the doughy crust; the high acidity complements the tomato sauce; and the medium tannins balance the cheesiness.