Paring Wines to Pizza Sauce – Valentine’s Recommendations


I was recently asked what my Valentine’s Day dining plans were for the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Food & More Blog titled “Stay Home or Go Out for Valentine’s Day?”.

I weighed in and shared the following:

“My husband and I have a tradition of going out for our Valentine’s dinner on Feb. 13th. It’s insane for us to fight the crowds to prove our love on the actual Valentine’s day. The only reason we stick to the 13th is to have an excuse to spend money on fine dining. On the 14th we usually order pizza at home and crack open some way-too-nice-to-pair-with-cheap-pizza wine.”

And then I received a few requests for wine recommendations. Hold up. I know a few things about wine – mainly, that I like it – but I am in no way a wine expert.

candace and james picGood thing I know a few wine pros… I checked in with my friend and best man in our wedding – James Nichols, who also happens to be the resident wine expert at Green’s Beverages in Buckhead (Atlanta, Ga.).

James responded: “Cool! I love pairing classy wine with “cheap” meals.”

For my Valentine’s day lovers pizza party of 2 (or now, 2 and a half for us!), James recommends the following wines. All are listed with Green’s prices – so they may vary based on where you are – but I’ve included for context:


Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2007 $47.99

Zenato Valpolicella Ripassa Superiore 2009 $25.99

Vietti Dolcetto d’Alba “Tre Vigne” 2011 $19.99

Mas Doix Salanques Priorat 2009 $29.99

Morgan Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2010 $25.99

Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel (Sonoma) 2010 $32.99


Vietti Roero Arneis 2011 $21.99

Jermann Pinot Grigio Venezia Giulia 2011 $17.98

Frank Family Chardonnay Napa 2010 $29.99

Elk Cove Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2011 $16.99

Adami Prosecco Bosca di Gica $17.99

Is the idea of staying in for Valentine’s Day with these pizza and wine pairings growing on you?

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