Is there a perfect food, or ideal meal, that’s versatile enough to work with every wine?
My friend Pizza Larry thinks so. As his nickname suggests, he thinks the pie is the perfect “food,” since just about anything can be put on a pizza. (He’s actually a retired physician who loves wine, food and travel.)
He demonstrated his forte the other night when he fired up his outdoor oven (he also has an indoor pizza oven) and entertained a small group of friends with six or seven different pizzas—all cooked to his standard of “perfection,” more or less.
We drank a variety of wines. Among my favorites were a 2004 Failla Viognier Alban Vineyard Edna Valley (about $45); a 2004 Linne Calodo Paso Robles Outsider, a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah and Mourvedre (about $42) and a 2005 Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir (97, $62).
The wines weren’t the focus, however, as we honed in on Larry’s pizzas. One of my friends affectionately dubbed him the Picasso of Pizzas (she was also the one who wondered out loud who owned the wild turkeys that were scattered around Larry’s property).
My notes show we had pizzas with sun-dried tomatoes and squash blossoms; feta cheese, pine nuts and garlic; sausage and tomato; caramelized corn with cilantro and pesto (my favorite) and barbecued chicken and eggplant. I may have missed one or two, and the ingredients on the various pizzas may be out of order (though I’m sure Larry would recall exactly which was which). I also recall Larry tossing a peach pie into the oven at the end. Go figure.
What are your go-to meals, or entrées, that work well with a variety of wines? Does Pizza Larry have it figured out?
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