Pizza & Wine Pairing

Pizza & Wine Pairing

Pizza & Wine Pairing

Recipe Date: June 20th, 2023
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Measurements: Imperial (US)

Pizza & Wine Pairing at The Castle

The Best Pizza & Wine Pairings

The inseparable duo of pizza and wine, an exquisite combination that tantalizes the senses and seduces the palate. Optimal wine pairings often align harmoniously with ingredients hailing from the very regions where the grapes themselves have flourished. And when it comes to pizza, the toppings are like a canvas for regional flavors that can truly complement the wine.

Nestled within the walls of our magnificent castle, built-in fire stone ovens are an essential part of our event experience. We pay homage to the modern birthplace of pizza in the southwestern Italian region of Campania, home to the vibrant city of Naples. It is here a story of culinary ingenuity and national pride. Legend has it that on June 11, 1889, the Neapolitan pizza maker Raffaele Esposito crafted a pizza fit for a queen, Margherita of Savoy, to honor her visit. This “Pizza Margherita” was adorned with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, representing the colors of the Italian flag. While recent research casts doubt on this legend, the story persists, and the pizza itself has become an icon of Italian cuisine.

Pizza at Castello di Amorosa.

In the world of pizza, and countless variations have emerged to tantalize our taste buds. In Naples, the birthplace of pizza, you can find renowned pizzerias such as Da Michele, Port’Alba, Brandi, Di Matteo, Sorbillo, Trianon, and Umberto, each adhering to even stricter standards than the specified rules. The pizza bases in Naples are soft and pliable, offering a delightful contrast to the thin and crispy Roman style. And let us not forget the “pizza al taglio,” baked in rectangular trays with a wide variety of toppings and sold by weight, offering a whole new world of flavors.

No doubt Pizza has become a global phenomenon, and its popularity has no limits. In fact, an astounding 350 slices are devoured every second, while 40% of Americans indulge in pizza at least once a week. The magic of pizza lies in its universal appeal, a taste that transcends borders and cultures. It traveled across the Atlantic with the wave of Italian immigrants who made up a significant portion of the influx of people to the United States between 1880 and 1920. They brought with them not only their dreams but also their culinary traditions. Today, pizza reigns supreme as one of the most popular foods in the world, with approximately 5 billion pizzas consumed each year.

Finding the perfect pairing can be a delightful challenge. With its myriad of styles, flavors, and qualities, pizza provides endless choices. At Castello di Amorosa we have curated an extraordinary Wine & Pizza guide that will transport you to new heights of culinary bliss. We’ve sought inspiration from the Italian masters themselves, crafting pairings that will make your taste buds dance with joy.

Shannon Kelly cooking Pizza at The Pizza Oven.

Barbera The Pizza Wine

When it comes to pairing wine with pizza, one versatile option stand out: Barbera. This medium-bodied, fruity Italian varietal complements the flavors of pizza, especially those with herbal and tomato elements. Its smooth, easy-drinking nature and moderate tannins make it an excellent companion for the savory richness of pizza, particularly when topped with salty meats like prosciutto or pepperoni.

What makes Barbera special is its ability to bridge the gap between different wine preferences. It strikes a balance between light and heavy red wines, making it an ideal choice for a diverse group of wine enthusiasts. For the perfect wine and pizza pairing, consider the key elements of the pizza itself: the thickness of the crust, the charcoaling, the type of sauce (whether delicate, hearty, or something different like pesto), the cheese (mozzarella, burrata, or goat cheese), and the meat toppings (prosciutto, pepperoni, or sausage).

Barbera shines particularly bright because its high acidity complements the acidity of tomato-based sauces, creating a harmonious pairing. They offer good acidity, low tannins, and a fruit-forward profile that embraces the flavors of pizza rather than overpowering them.

Pizza & Wine Pairing

Classic Tomato Pizza & Wine Pairings

These classic Pizza & Wine pairings, lend a helping hand to help balance tomato sauce based pizza.

  1.  Barbera with Classic Pepperoni: Barbera is a red wine known for its high acidity and fruity flavors. Classic pepperoni pizza, with its slightly spicy and savory pepperoni toppings, pairs well with Barbera. The wine’s acidity cuts through the richness of the pepperoni and complements its flavors, enhancing the overall enjoyment of the meal.
  2. Sangiovese with Italian Sausage and/or Pepperoni: Sangiovese is a red wine with medium to high acidity. The acidity helps cut through the richness of Italian sausage and pepperoni, which can be fatty and savory. The acidity in Sangiovese refreshes the palate and balances the flavors, making it a great pairing. It pairs exceptionally well with herbal and tomato flavors, making it an ideal match for pizza.
  3. Chardonnay with Quattro Formaggio: Chardonnay is a full-bodied white wine with a rich and buttery profile. Quattro Formaggio (Four Cheese) pizza usually features a combination of creamy and flavorful cheeses. The richness of the Chardonnay complements the creamy cheeses and enhances their flavors, creating a harmonious pairing.
  4. Vermentino or Dry Gewürztraminer with Canadian Bacon, Pineapple, and Jalapeño: Vermentino and Dry Gewürztraminer are both white wines with vibrant acidity. The combination of Canadian bacon, pineapple, and jalapeño on a pizza creates a balance of sweet, salty, and spicy flavors. The acidity in Vermentino or Dry Gewürztraminer helps refresh the palate and enhances the contrasting flavors, making it an enjoyable pairing.
  5. Gioia Rosé with Margherita Pizza: Rosé is a versatile wine that can pair well with a variety of dishes. Margherita pizza typically features simple and fresh flavors, including tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. The light and fruity characteristics of a Rosé complement the lightness of the pizza and its tomato-based sauce, creating a refreshing and harmonious pairing.
  6. Gioia Rosé with BBQ Chicken Pizza: Its refreshing nature acts as a palate cleanser, balancing the savory elements. Versatile and adaptable, Gioia enhances the overall balance and depth of flavors in BBQ chicken pizza, creating a delightful and well-rounded pairing experience.
  7. Pinot Noir with Mushroom Pizza: The earthy, nuanced flavors of a mushroom pizza find their match in a well-balanced Pinot Noir. The fruity notes of the wine harmonize with the earthy mushrooms, while the bright acidity cuts through any richness, providing a delightful pairing.

Wine & Pizza Pairings

White Pizza & Wine Pairings

These Pizza pairings contain white sauces, like Alfredo, Garlic and more.

  1. Pinot Bianco or Pinot Grigio with Chicken, Spinach, and Mushroom with Alfredo Sauce: Bianco or Pinot Grigio are typically light-bodied white wines with crisp acidity. They pair well with dishes that have creamy and rich sauces, such as Alfredo sauce. The wine’s acidity cuts through the richness of the sauce, while its lighter body complements the flavors of chicken, spinach, and mushroom without overpowering them.
  2. Simpatica Riesling with Thai Chicken Pizza: The off-dry sweetness and vibrant acidity of Riesling balance the spiciness of a Thai chicken pizza, creating a harmonious fusion of flavors.
  3. Spumante Brut with Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza: The crisp and effervescent Spumante cuts through the richness of prosciutto and pairs beautifully with the peppery arugula, adding a refreshing touch.
  4. Spumante Rosé with Spinach and Feta Pizza: The vibrant acidity and delicate bubbles of Spumante Rosé enhance the flavors of spinach and feta cheese, creating a refreshing and tangy pairing.
  5. Il Passito – Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc with Pear Gorgonzola Pizza: The luscious sweetness and honeyed notes of Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc complement the combination of ripe pears and creamy Gorgonzola on a pizza.
  6. Cabernet Sauvignon with Sirloin Steak and Gorgonzola with White Sauce: Cabernet Sauvignon is a bold and full-bodied red wine with high tannins. The richness and intensity of the wine make it an excellent match for the robust flavors of sirloin steak. The tannins in Cabernet Sauvignon also help cut through the richness of the steak and pair well with the tangy and pungent flavors of Gorgonzola cheese.

Pizza In The Brick Oven


Tour Tuscany & Umbria

Tour Tuscany & Umbria

Tour Tuscany & Umbria

Tour of the Hill & Towns Countryside of Tuscany and Umbria

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For eight nights, you can have the exclusive opportunity to be escorted through the most magical parts of Tuscany and Umbria by Castello delle Serre owners, Salvatore Gangale and the Castello di Amorosa wine family. We invite you to join in this intimate collaboration and cultural experience with Salvatore as he shares his most influential perspectives of the food, wine and history of his native country of Italy. Antonio and Kaci Gangale will also be helping to add local Italian insight during the tour. Based on over forty years of experience, we assure you that you will relish in the most authentic meals and local experiences during this stay, effectively capturing the essence of la dolce vita only as a true Italian could.

Guests explore charming villages, farmhouses, majestic castles and the beautiful architecture of churches and monasteries. You’ll taste some of the world’s finest olive oils, wines, learn how the Italians cook, and eat meals you’ll remember for a lifetime.

The Tour Will Include

♦ All meals (continental breakfast, lunch and evening meal)
♦ Beverages included with meals and select outings
♦ Bilingual local tour guides
♦ Bus Transportation
♦ Eight nights lodging in a premium Italian Castle and a Historic Inn
♦ Sightseeing, tours, museums
♦ Wine and olive oil tastings
♦ Cooking Demonstrations

The Tour Will Not Include

♦ Air Transportation
♦ Travel Insurance
♦ Laundry
♦ Telephone Charges, Room Service
♦ Gratuity to Local tour guides and bus driver

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Spaghetti Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti with Cherry Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti Tomato Sauce

Recipe Date: August 22nd, 2018
Difficulty: Easy
Serving Size: 4
Cook Time: 00:30
Measurements: Imperial (US)

Spaghetti with Cherry Tomato Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

2 pints fresh cherry tomatos
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Grapeseed Oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp chili flakes
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or grated
3 tbsps capers, drained
1/2 cup dry white wine (like Pinot Grigio or Pinot Bianco)
handful of flat leaf parsley
basil leaves, torn
1 lb spaghetti
grated Pecorino cheese

Directions

Heat a pot of salted water to boil for the pasta.

Halve the cherry tomatoes.

Heat 1/4 cup olive or grapeseed oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add the chili flakes, garlic, and capers and swirl around for 2-3 minutes; add the wine and the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Add the herbs and simmer while the pasta cooks, 8-10 minutes.

Cook the pasta in salted, boiling water. Reserve about 1/2 cup of the starchy cooking water and drain the pasta. Add the reserved starchy cooking water and the pasta to the sauce and toss for 1-2 minutes. Top with cheese and serve immediately.

From Rachel Ray recipes.



Italian Style Chicken Meatballs

Recipe Date: August 21st, 2018
Difficulty: Easy
Serving Size: 6
Cook Time: 00:30
Measurements: Imperial (US)

Italian Style Chicken Meatballs

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs Ground Chicken, 90% Dark Meat prefered or Italian chicken sausage out of casings
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan style cheese
1 Egg
1 1/2 tsps Dried Basil
1 1/2 tsps Dried Parsley
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1 tbsp Fennel Seed
1/4 cup Italian Bread Crumbs

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken, grated cheese, egg, basil, parsley, garlic powder, salt, red pepper flakes, fennel and bread crumbs. Using your hands, mix all ingredients until incorporated. Measure meat mixture into approximately 1.5-ounce portions. Shape into rounds and place the meatballs in individual, miniature muffin tin cups. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

Serving suggestions: Toss in a light marinara before serving and sprinkle with additional cheese. This recipe is the perfect pairing with our Zingaro, Old-Vine Zinfandel, made in Napa Valley.