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How to Host a DIY Pizza and Wine Night with Tiffany & Dan at Estate 8

prepared pizza on pizza paddle for a tasteful pizza and wine pairing for dinner

DIY Pizza and Wine Night with Tiffany & Dan at Estate 8

Welcome to Estate 8, home of ONEHOPE Wine, where our team celebrates the joy of summer with our favorite combination: homemade pizza and expert wine pairings. As the summer hosting season heats up, we invite you into our kitchen to gander how we pair these delights. Join Test Kitchen Manager Dan Gora and Co-Founder Tiffany Wojtkiewicz as they reveal their favorite pizza and wine pairings.

Make Every Summer Night a Pizza & Wine Celebration

There’s no better way to enjoy a summer evening than hosting a pizza and wine night. Even without a wood-fired oven, your standard kitchen oven is ready to help you create gourmet homemade pizzas. Gather your favorite toppings and loved ones for an unforgettable culinary experience.

Featured Pizza Pairings

  • Tiffany’s go-to pizza is what we call the “Presidential Power Pizza” – red sauce, shredded mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, and olives. Big and bold flavors call for an equally big wine, so Tiff pairs this with our Vintner Collection California Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Dan went on the lighter side—pesto, fresh mozzarella, red onions, and mushrooms. This called for a lighter-bodied wine, so we paired it with the Herstory Prosecco
  • Lastly, we plan to make “the mark” on the pizza world with our (soon to be) famous peach and brie pizza—red sauce, mozzarella, peaches, brie, and prosciutto. Remove from the oven and top with apricot jam, honey, balsamic glaze, and arugula. Pair this with our Vintner Rose.

 

hands preparing the pizza toppings before it goes into a pizza oven

Essential Pizza-Making Tools and Ingredients

Pizza Tools

🗸 Pizza peels / paddles OR baking sheets

🗸 Pizza cutter wheel

Dough Supplies

🗸 Dough balls (ask your favorite local pizzeria for some dough)

🗸 Cornmeal 

🗸 Flour

Sauces

🗸 Red sauce

🗸 Pesto

Cheeses

🗸 Shredded mozzarella 

🗸 Fresh mozzarella

🗸 Grated parmesan 

🗸 Brie

Veggies & Fruits

🗸 Red onion

🗸 Green bell peppers

🗸 Olives

🗸 Heirloom tomatoes

🗸 Fresh basil

🗸 Pineapple

🗸 Mushrooms

🗸 Peaches

Meats

🗸 Pepperoni 

🗸 Prosciutto

🗸 Italian sausage

Step-by-Step Pizza Making Guide

  1. Preheat the pizza oven to 700°F or regular home oven to 500°F.
  2. Sprinkle an even layer of cornmeal across the surface of a pizza peel or baking sheet. Pull the dough ball into a circle using your thumb and forefingers. Continually rotate the dough in a circular motion, and let gravity pull the dough downward. When it is about ⅛ inch thick, lay it on a pizza paddle with an even layer of cornmeal spread across it. Lay the dough down and spread an even layer of sauce across the surface of the pizza dough, leaving about 1 inch of exposed dough for the crust. 

Next, spread the cheese in an even layer on top of the sauce, then sprinkle your chosen meats & veggies across the top. Less is more here, as more toppings will add weight to the pizza and cause it to take longer to cook.

  1. Woodfired oven: Slide the pizza off of the peel and directly onto the stone at the center of the oven, and cook for 3-5 minutes, using the peel to rotate the pizza every minute or so to evenly cook it (the side of the pizza closer to the flame will cook faster, which is why it needs to be continually rotated).
  2. Home oven: Place pizza on a baking sheet or pan coated with cornmeal and cook for 10-12 minutes, rotating after 6 minutes.
  3. Remove the pizza from the oven and slice it with a pizza cutter.

 

Vintner Collection California Cabernet Sauvignon, Herstory Prosecco, Vintner Rose wines surrounded by depictions of their tasting notes

Featured Paired Wines:

Vintner Collection California Cabernet Sauvignon

– Herstory Prosecco

– Vintner Rose

Homemade pizzas are always a fun tradition and a great way to bring family, friends, and everyone together! Life is messy, and pizza-making perfectly reflects that, especially when you have great wine to pair it with. So, gather your loved ones, grab your favorite toppings, and uncork a bottle of ONEHOPE wine for an unforgettable summer evening of pizza and wine pairing.

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