August 10, 2020 | By Kailee Pence | No Comments

Wine Pairings: Pinot and Pizza

The star of Oregon’s wine country, Pinot Noir, can be found at most wineries in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley. The climate here in the valley provides an elongated growing season for the grapes, making this an ideal location to produce Pinot. Pair your next bottle of Pinot Noir with one of Tualatin Valley’s specialties, handcrafted pizza.

Big Os Pizza Beaverton OregonBig O’s Pizza in Beaverton, Oregon.

Flavors of Pinot

Pinot Noir is traditionally dry, light- to medium-bodied, with bright acidity and silky tannins. The flavors in Pinot offer a wide and aromatic variety including fruity and floral as well as herbaceous and earthy notes.

Pinot Wine Pairings

Pinot Noir pairs perfectly with a variety of pizza flavors including mushroom and sausage, BBQ chicken, or white sauce pizza. In Tualatin Valley, delicious pizza is not hard to find

On Broadway Street in Downtown Beaverton, Big O’s Wood Fired Pizza handcrafts pizza with amazing local ingredients baked in the seasoned oak of the wood-fired oven. The Trio pizza, with shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese, crumbled mild Italian sausage and diced green peppers and sweet onions would be the perfect addition to a glass of Pinot.

Known for its craft beers, Ex Novo Brewing Company also serves up delicious Detroit-style pizza. Try the Moby Dick pan pizza with brick cheese, roasted garlic, mushrooms, cracked black pepper and truffle cream sauce. The cream-based pizza will elevate the natural creamy notes in a Tualatin Valley Pinot Noir.

Where to get Pinot in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley

Pinot Noir made Oregon’s Willamette Valley a destination for wine and many of the wineries in Tualatin Valley grow the red grape in their estate vineyards. All of the wineries in Tualatin Valley produce a stellar Pinot Noir. Here are just a sampling of some local wines that pair deliciously with pizza.

Ruby Vineyard and Winery grows premium Pinot Noir from 7.25 acres of own-rooted vines and some of the oldest in the state of Oregon. The Estate Pinot Noir has “hints of ripe red fruits over-laid by darker-toned blue fruits as well as soft yet supple tannins with a slightly spicy finish.”

At Ponzi Vineyards, a variety of Pinot Noirs are available to pair with your next dinner. The Classico Pinot Noir offers aromas of raspberry and black cherry “accentuated by crushed Mediterranean herbs of lavender, sage, rosemary, and black tea.”

For other Pinot and pizza pairings, try David Hill Vineyard Winery‘s “Blackjack” Pinot Noir, crafted from the estate’s oldest vines, Apolloni Vineyards‘ 2017 “L” Cuvee, or the 2016 Pinot Noir from Alloro Vineyard.


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