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Perfect Pizza Wines
Use the rain as an excuse to pop in a pizza and uncork some wine.

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With all the rainy weather, and more dark skies to come, it’s the perfect occasion to throw a pizza in the oven and uncork a bottle of wine. Pizzas are a fun pairing because there’s so much to pair with: acidic tomato-based sauce, grilled vegetables and meat, and, of course, cheese. Here are three bottles that serve as the perfect pizza complement

2010 Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Coast, Calif., $20) coasts into a tight, tannic finish with currant and black-cherry notes preceding it along with clove accents.

2011 Michael David Winery Earthquake Zinfandel (Lodi, Calif., $26) is a juicy, full-bodied Zinfandel with raspberry, chocolate and tobacco notes along with a peppery-infusion that escalates towards the finish. (www.michaeldavidwinery.com)

Ca Rosa by Ca’ Momi (Napa Valley, Calif., $18) is ideal for a vegetarian pizza that’s loaded with vegetables. Wild-strawberry and lychee notes sail effortlessly into a clean finish. For a sparkling wine, this is more herbaceous than it is sweet. (www.camomiwines.com)



Few would disagree that Rosé is the ideal springtime wine as it helps transition into warmer weather wine (read: crisp white wines) after a season of sipping dark, luscious red wine. If you’re not sure what to stock up on for spring, Thief Wine Shop & Bar is poised to help you out. Check out Rosé-Palooza on April 23 (from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at its Milwaukee Public Market location) and April 24 (from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Shorewood shop) for a drop-in tasting that costs you just $1, $2 or $3 per pour of Rosé wine. No need to RSVP.


Are you a lover of Champagne? Then you won’t want to miss this chic event at Lake Park Bistro on April 19 (from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) when you’ll experience a variety of Champagnes from a true Champagne house – Paul Goerg – in Champagne, France (Cotes des Blancs, to be more precise). For the dinner, the bistro’s chefs will slave away on a meal where each of the four courses is thoughtfully paired with these bubbles. (From Brut de Blanc matched with smoked salmon and horse mackerel terrine to rosé paired with buttermilk panna cotta with strawberries.) All you have to do is show up hungry. To reserve a spot at the table, contact Lake Park Bistro at 414-962-6300. Cost is $85 per person.


Looking for a nice springtime white? I recently turned to Oregon’s Willamette Valley for a new-to-me wine. 2011 Naked Winery Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley, Oregon, $20) is light and delicate, although loaded with honeysuckle and peach notes near the end of the palate, and possesses delightful minerals and floral accents throughout. (www.nakedwinery.com)



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