Label on an inexpensive Sangiovese wine
Sangiovese is the most widely-grown grape in Italy. It is the major or only component of Chianti, Super Tuscan, and Brunello di Montalcino wines. It is also grown in Argentina, Australia, and the United States, especially California. Suggested food pairings include Cheese Pizza, Tomato Pasta, Greek Salad, and Moussaka.
Sangiovese wine starts at about $9, such as the one pictured above. Expect to pay $12 and up for a Chianti, $15 and up for a Chianti Classico, and big, big bucks for a Super Tuscan or a Brunello di Montalcino. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG is made from a clone of Sangiovese plus some other Tuscany grapes. Be careful, many of them are not very good. The Avignonesi offering at about $20 is fine and offers lots of berries and cherries. Carmignano DOCG is a mostly Sangiovese wine that contains other grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon that some people prefer to Chianti in the mid-twenties. The Carmignano Riserva DOCG runs about $30. Try Villa de Capezzana offering which tastes of dried cherries, dried raspberries with just a touch of bitterness. Be careful, the wines mentioned in this paragraph are quite different from your regular Sangiovese wines as may be their best food pairings. Of course, there's the question of spending so much money to accompany a pizza. Make sure that it's a fine one to accompany such a wine.