We score a great supermarket find for pizza from ..Spain!

Many of our readers will think we’re nuts recommending a Spanish wine for pizza but this Rioja from Campo Viejo is the perfect companion for a tasty pie. Why not an Italian wine such as a Chianti or Barbaresco you ask? Because the Chianti is too dark and will clash with pepperoni, onions, and bell pepper. Chianti is best with beef dishes. The Barbaresco will get blown out by all the big spicy flavors. Barolo? Actually not bad but a tad pricey for pizza. So here we give you a nicely priced Tempranillo that is right on target..

campoviejo07riojaCampo Viejo 2007 Rioja Tempranillo Reserva
DdV: 90
Price: $12.99
Blend: 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo
Source: Rioja Spain

A truly delightful and surprisingly complex wine for under $15. Dark cherry and bright plum on the nose give way to more bright plum, black cherry, and blackberry on the mid. Finish is accented with oaky vanilla and sandlewood. The oak is subtle letting the fruit do most of the work. We paired this with a Round Table King Arthur Supreme (Pepperoni, Italian sausage, Italian dry salami, linguica, mushrooms, green peppers, yellow onions, black olives) and it truly complimented all the big flavors in this pizza. Great all by itself and with a myriad of pasta dishes or lighter grill fare. A new favorite!

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