Weekend Wine and Food Pairing- Petite Sirah and Dark Chocolate

I have mentioned pairing dark chocolate and Petite Sirah before and it still remains one of my all time favorites.  As much a people like to think that red wine and chocolate naturally go together, it can sometimes be difficult to find a great match.  I first tried Petite Sirah with dark chocolate a couple of years ago and was amazed at how harmonious the flavors of the wine and chocolate were together.  A perfect dessert combination.

One Petite Sirah I recommend pairing with dark chocolate is 2009 Rock Wall Gamble Ranch Petite Sirah.  This wine is loaded with rich tastes of plum, dark chocolate, and dark cherries.  The chocolate flavors linger in the finish.  A mouth-watering combination! ($30)

Pairing Wine and Pizza

I’m Italian so I was raised on pizza.  Not delivery pizza from national chains but handmade dough topped with love.  As an adult, Brandon and I often make our own pizza with toppings that include burrata, sund-dried tomatoes, and prosciutto.  When you have fantastic pizza, you have to pair it with delicious wine.  Here are a few great picks for your pizza pie!

A great pizza wine!
Negroamaro – A great pizza wine!

Pizza and Negroamaro

Negroamaro – never heard of it?  Neither had I until a few months ago.  It turns out that Negroamaro, a grape native to Southern Italy, is a great pairing with pizza.  Look for a bottle with balanced alcohol and enough acidity to cut through the fat in the cheese.  I like Natalino del Prete Negroamaro ‘Anne’.  Red cherries, earthy undertones, and bright acidity make it perfect with a mushroom topped pizza! ($16)

Pizza and Frappato

I really enjoy a good Frappato with pizza.  The wine is generally fruity and very food-friendly so it pairs well with a lot of toppings.  One relatively easy to find, well-made Frappato is Tami Frappato Sicilia Rosso.  There are lovely flavors of red fruit, spice, and earth with a lively finish.  A great find for under $20!  ($16)

Pizza and Sparkling Gragnano

I recently fell in love with pairing Gragnano and pizza.  The sparkling wine hails from the southwest region of Italy and is served chilled.  One bottle to keep an eye out for is Baccanti Gragnano della Penisola Sorrentina.  Funky, fresh, and perhaps created for the sole purpose of drinking with pizza :-). ($15)