The perfect summer Pizza wine. Grignolino spends very short time on the skins and then is pressed without them, leaving a beautiful light violet color. The 2019 vintage has a killer nose of wild strawberries, savory spice and lilac. Don’t let the color fool you, it’s deeply concentrated, loaded with fresh red fruits and finishes long and dry with firm tannins. Pair with prosciutto, burrata, simple pastas along with your pizza.
Finding great value in the shadow of Italy’s two great wine growing areas, Barolo and Barbaresco, requires getting off the beaten path. One of my favorite places to look for great Tuesday nighters is Asti. Although it is better known for the Moscato, Nebbiolo could be its calling card because in very few places of the world does it thrive like it does here. Gianni Doglia naturally farms a tiny estate in the picturesque hamlet of Castagnole Lanze. His Monferrato Rosso is 100% Nebbiolo, the product of old vines, vinfied without oak to preserve it’s incredible fruit. Purple to its core, bright and wonderfully aromatic, this is food-friendly, Pizza Wine red wine that can double just as well all on its own.
92 Points, Vinous – 91 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate
Fuedo Montoni has been one of the best producers in Italy for literally hundreds of years, most notably for their work with Nero D’Avola grape in Sicily. The 2018 “Lagnusa” is the perfect pizza wine with juicy black fruits, grippy tannins and a wonderful, fresh and herbaceous finish. Vinous Media gave the wine 92 points and raved, saying it’s “Long and very lively on the juicy, suave back end. Lovely stuff.” You’re going to love this pizza wine.