You’ve heard people talking about something being the glue that holds a marriage together, right? Well, in our case it’s more like gluten. Because for as long as I can remember, Lenny and I have been faithful to our standing date night. Pizza and wine Friday.
Whether we’re on a budget and enjoying a frozen Digornio, or celebrating a big milestone with a perfectly aged Pinot, there’s no question some things are just better together. Like pepperoni and red. And us, of course.
So, in that spirit, I thought it would be fun to try a new weekly post. On Fridays I’ll share a wine we’ve enjoyed with our pizza (but don’t expect a lot of fancy talk…I’m a mushroom-and-bacon-loving kind of gal after all). I invite you to share a new wine (or pizza) you’ve discovered or an old favorite in the comments as well. No doubt this idea will evolve, but hopefully it will be fun. Heck, it will be for us, at least!
This Week’s Wine Spotlight: entwine
It’s only fitting that this be the inaugural pick since it says right on the bottle that the Merlot pairs well with pizza. (Well, that as well as grilled pork, mac and cheese, meatloaf, salami, tomato sauce and wild salmon.) And after tasting it, I can confirm that it does. Both Lenny and I really enjoyed it. (How’s that for an in-depth critique?)
What I love about entwine is that it’s a pairing of two of my favorites: Food Network (ok, it’s one of Big’s favorites…but I watch it too now) and Wente Vineyards (a lovely winery not far from where I grew up where I’ve celebrated many special ocassions). They had the ingenious idea to show wine lovers that the very same bottle can complement everything from potato chips to goat cheese to shellfish. And it says so right there on the label so there’s no guesswork (which is amazingly convenient for someone who can’t remember how to open my own front door).
To get to know entwine yourself, search for a retailer here. (I buy it at our local Safeway.)
Disclosure: entwine sent me a couple bottles of wine to sample, but I was not compensated for this post and all opinions expressed are my own.