A good, good friend was craving pizza. She was in the right place at the right time. I had a batch of dough waiting to be stretched and patted and topped and baked.
We topped it with wonderful Italian tuna packed in olive oil, some anchovies, Roma tomatoes, goat cheese, and basil.
While it was baking, we opened a breathtaking bottle of wine: a Casa Lapostolle Merlot, 2006, estate bottled in Chile’s Rappel Valley. I know, breathtaking and Merlot don’t often cohabitate. The vintner is Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle. As the great-granddaughter of the creator of Grand Marnier, she comes by her skills honestly. Its smoky, oaky notes derive from being aged in small French oak barrels. And those are merely the first flavors you’ll notice. Its complexity of fruit and spice are, well, breathtaking. I would highly recommend tracking it down. Especially wonderful with a friend and a pizza on a windy Saturday night.