Wines with Papa John’s Pizza

The pizza pairing edition. My rule is never pair a good wine with pizza. Make sure it is 85 points or lower otherwise you ruin the wine experience.

2013 Spring Valley Vineyard Frederick – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley (2/14/2019)
Day 1: Pop and pour. Perfect serving temperature as it was pulled from the passive cellar. Something I always need to remind others and myself when drinking red wine. Not the most balanced effort featuring earth, leather, subtle fruits and spices. Shorter finish and just not that interesting. I am thankful I spent only $27 for this wine. Maybe more promise on day 2 or 3. 85 points (85 points)

To Good for Pizza!

2014 K Vintners Syrah Rock Garden – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley (2/13/2019)
Day 1: Black olives, charred meats, white pepper, tar and red currants. Super balanced wine and good acidity. Northern Rhone like. Very elegant overall and not an over extracted, ripe wine. This is a benchmark K Syrah. 93 + points
Day 2: Picks up some weight. Black olives, white pepper, truffles, tar and darker fruits. A bit more concentrated than day 1. Nice overall finish and good acidity. This is a balanced effort with all the characteristics I enjoy from the Syrah grape. Outstanding. 94 points (94 points)

Papa John’s Sausage Pizza Review 2019

Day 1: Cheese, Sausage and some sauce. Medium finish. Nothing off but not exactly the concentrated effort I was looking for. Will revisit on day 2. 81 points

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