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Sovi Reserve Red: Perfect For Keto Chicken Crust Pizza

Sovi Reserve Red with Chicken Crust Pizza

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I was looking for a new non alcoholic wine low-sugar.  A red wine.  After serious consideration, I opted for Sovi Reserve Red, which set me back quite a bit of pocket money. But I was just too curious to see if a non-alcoholic red could justify such a hefty price and also contain less than 2g of sugar per glass.

Sovi operates in Clarksburg, located within Sacramento County, California. This wine region is known for producing world class, traditional wines due to its fabulous terrior. The climate’s just right, with warm sunny days and cool breezes from San Francisco Bay and the Delta.  Varietal grapes get plenty of time to ripen slowly, thus developing maturity and intense flavors.  The soil profile consists of sandy loam to fertile alluvial deposits, providing excellent drainage and nutrient-rich conditions for vine growth.

Julia Littauer, a certified sommelier, and husband Alex, a DipWSET Graduate, are the proud owners of Sovi. As front runners and pioneers in the non-alcoholic wine space, they’re passionate about crafting their non-alcoholic wines using the same methods employed in traditional winemaking. Their approach starts with carefully selected vineyards cultivating premium varietal grapes. By adhering to the traditional wine philosophy, they can vinify top-tier wine that is subsequently dealcoholized. This process results in premium, de-alcoholized bubblies, whites, roses, and reds that maintain their palatability and integrity.  In other words, their wines do not require added sugar and additives to taste good.  Hence their products are low in sugar.

What Are The Top 10 Key Takeaways From This Blog?

Here are the top 10 key takeaways from the blog:

  1. Sovi Reserve Red: A non-alcoholic, low-sugar red wine from Sovi in Clarksburg, California, offering less than 2g of sugar per glass.
  2. Sovi’s Approach: Crafted by Julia Littauer and Alex, Sovi’s owners, using traditional winemaking methods and premium varietal grapes, resulting in top-tier, de-alcoholized wines without added sugar.
  3. Wine Production: Sovi Reserve Red is made from Tempranillo, Malbec, and other grapes, aged in American and French oak, showcasing sophistication and complexity.
  4. Appearance and Aroma: The wine presents a charming brick red color, evolving into a deeper hue with aeration, with aromas of earthiness, black cherries, and subtle leather notes.
  5. Palate: Balancing Tempranillo character and Malbec texture, Sovi Reserve Red offers a velvety texture, medium body, and delightful astringency, making for an elegant experience.
  6. Low Sugar Content: A 5-ounce glass contains only 2 grams of sugar, appealing to those seeking healthier wine options.
  7. Pairing with Pizza: Sovi Reserve Red pairs well with chicken crust pizza, offering a delightful combination of flavors and textures.
  8. Recipe Ingredients: The pizza recipe calls for ground chicken, Parmesan cheese, eggs, and Italian seasoning.
  9. Customization: Toppings for the pizza can be customized to personal preference, with options like Meat Lover’s, Hawaiian, BBQ, Veggie Lover’s, and Margherita.
  10. Preparation and Storage: The pizza is prepared by spreading the dough thinly on parchment paper-lined pan, baking until firm, adding sauce and toppings, and reheating if necessary. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days or frozen for future consumption.

How Is Sovi Reserve Red Produced?

Sovi Reserve Red

Made from 58% Tempranillo, 39% Malbec and 3% other grapes grown on a single estate, Sovi Reserve Red demonstrates that dealcoholized wines can compete with their traditional counterparts. After stainless steel fermentation, the wine spent time in both American and French oak.

Why Should You Love This Non Alcoholic Wine?

Sovi Reserve Red

Pouring a charming brick red color, the wine gradually transforms into a deeper purple hue within 10 minutes.  Interestingly, the colour undergoes reverse aging akin to Benjamin Button.  But the aromas and palate go in the other direction, maturing gracefully through a little aeration in the glass.

Sovi Reserve Red boasts sophistication. Tempranillo character comes through on the nose and palate with Malbec texture and body.  The aroma showcases prominent earthy tones intertwined with subtle hints of black cherries and a distant whisper of leather. On the palate, this earthiness and leather take center stage, followed by bursts of the same dark cherries. With velvety texture, medium body, and delightful but subtle astringency, Sovi Serve Red provides an elegant experience.

Here’s the best part for me, a 5-ounce glass (150 mL) possesses only 2 grams of sugar!

  • Serving size 150mL. 5 servings per bottle
  • Calories: 15
  • Total Carbohydrates: 2g.
  • Total Sugars: 2g.

Why Would You Fall For Sovi Reserve Red Paired with Chicken Crust Pizza?

The pairing of Sovi Reserve Red with Keto chicken crust pizza is a match made in culinary heaven. The wine’s fruity character harmonizes beautifully with the tangy sweetness of the tomato sauce, enhancing its vibrant flavors without overpowering them. As you take a sip, you’ll notice how the wine’s creamy texture elegantly melds with the rich fattiness of the melted mozzarella cheese, creating a luxurious mouthfeel that lingers on the palate.

But what truly elevates this pairing is how Sovi Reserve Red handles the bold flavors of the Italian cold cuts, particularly the spicy Calabrese. With its soft tannins and well-rounded structure, the wine provides a smooth counterbalance to the spiciness of the cold cuts, ensuring a harmonious and enjoyable experience with every bite. Instead of competing for dominance, the wine and pizza complement each other, allowing both to shine in their own right while enhancing the overall dining experience.

So whether you’re indulging in a cheesy slice of Keto chicken crust pizza topped with savory Italian cold cuts or savoring a sip of Sovi Reserve Red, each component of this dynamic duo enhances the other, creating a symphony of flavors that dance across your palate and leave you craving for more.


Sovi Reserve Red

The wine is available at the Sovi Wine Shop: 

Reserve Red

What Are the Recipe Ingredients?

The pizza ingredients are as follows:

  • 1 lb (500 grams) ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • Large piece of roasted red pepper, thinly sliced (from jar)
  • 12 pepperoni
  • Slices of fresh mozzarella
  • Handful of fresh basil

What Are Commonly Asked Questions About Chicken Crust Pizza?

Here are the 10 most commonly asked questions:

  1. Is chicken crust pizza keto-friendly?
    • Yes, chicken crust pizza is keto-friendly as it is low in carbs and high in protein, making it suitable for a ketogenic diet.
  2. Can I use any type of chicken for the crust?
    • Ground chicken is typically used for the crust as it binds well and cooks evenly. However, you can experiment with other types of chicken, like finely shredded cooked chicken breast, if preferred.  Some people prefer canned chicken.  For me, canned chicken contains too much sodium.
  3. How do I prevent the crust from sticking to the pan?
    • Use parchment paper to line the pizza pan before spreading the chicken crust mixture. This prevents sticking and ensures easy removal after baking.
  4. Can I freeze chicken crust pizza dough?
    • Yes, you can freeze chicken crust pizza dough. Pre-bake the crust, wrap it tightly, and freeze it flat. When ready to use, simply thaw and add toppings before baking.
  5. What toppings are keto-friendly for chicken crust pizza?
    • Keto-friendly toppings include pepperoni, sausage, bacon, low-carb vegetables (like bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms), cheese, and sugar-free tomato sauce or marinara.

More Questions:

  1. How thin should I spread the chicken crust?
    • Aim to spread the chicken crust thinly, about 1/4 inch thick, to ensure even cooking and a crispier texture.
  2. Do I need a pizza stone to make chicken crust pizza?
    • While a pizza stone can help achieve a crispier crust, it’s not essential. A regular baking sheet lined with parchment paper works well too.
  3. Can I reheat chicken crust pizza in the microwave?
    • Yes, you can reheat chicken crust pizza in the microwave, but the crust may become softer. For a crispier texture, reheat in the oven or toaster oven.
  4. How long does chicken crust pizza last in the fridge?
    • Chicken crust pizza can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving.
  5. Is chicken crust pizza gluten-free?
    • Yes, chicken crust pizza is naturally gluten-free since it doesn’t contain traditional flour-based dough. It’s a great option for those with gluten sensitivities or following a gluten-free diet.

What Other Simple Recipes Can you Enjoy with Sovi Reserve Red? 

Here are a few Keto Low-Carb Recipes That Pair Well with Sovi Reserve Red:

Meat Lover’s Pizza

Crustless Pizza

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Wings

Bacon-Covered Meatloaf (Heart Healthy)

Mama Meatloaf (Heart Healthy)

Montreal Strip Loin (Healthy Heart)

Crock-Pot Beef (Heart Healthy)

What Are Some Tips To Make Your Pizza Perfect?

Here are some tips for making the best chicken crust pizza:

  • Get the dough just right: Make sure the dough feels dense and dry, but can still stick together when pressed. If it’s too dry, you can add another egg. If it’s too wet, sprinkle in more Parmesan cheese. Watch the video below to see the right consistency.
  • Spread it thin: Chicken crust pizza tastes and cooks best when it’s thin. Spread it out to about 1/4 inch thickness so it cooks evenly.
  • Use a pizza stone if possible: A pizza stone is great for all kinds of pizzas, especially those with veggies like cauliflower or zucchini. It helps the crust cook evenly. Remember to preheat the oven with the stone inside to prevent cracking. If you don’t have a stone, a regular round pan will do, but the crust might not turn out as good.
  • Use parchment paper: Chicken crust pizza tends to stick, so line your baking sheet with parchment paper to avoid a sticky mess.
  • Let it rest: Don’t rush to add the toppings right away. Give the pizza about 10 minutes to cool after baking. This helps the cheese on top solidify and form a protective layer, so the crust stays firm and doesn’t get soggy from the sauce.

What Are Some Topping Combinations For Your Pizza?

Tasty topping ideas:

Meat Lover’s: Load up your pizza with pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, ground beef, or crispy bacon. Remember to cook your meats before adding them since the pizza doesn’t bake for long. Other keto-friendly meats are also great options.

Hawaiian: Spread keto pizza sauce or sugar-free marinara sauce on your crust, then add Canadian bacon, pineapple, and mozzarella cheese. Just note that pineapple isn’t typically keto-friendly, but some people enjoy it in moderation.

BBQ: Instead of Alfredo sauce, try my sugar-free BBQ sauce as the base. Top it with cheddar cheese, diced red onions, and after baking, sprinkle some fresh cilantro or green onions for extra flavor.

Veggie Lover’s: Since the chicken crust already brings meatiness, balance it out with keto-friendly veggies. Spread red sauce, mozzarella cheese, and layer on sliced tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and black olives for extra goodness.

Margherita: Start with a base of tomato sauce, then add slices of fresh mozzarella cheese and juicy tomatoes. After baking, sprinkle with fresh basil to enhance the flavor.

More Toppings:

Mediterranean: Spread a thin layer of pesto sauce on the crust, then top with feta cheese, Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and fresh spinach leaves.

Buffalo Chicken: Mix cooked shredded chicken with buffalo sauce, then spread it on the crust. Add blue cheese or ranch dressing, diced celery, and a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella cheese.

Caprese: Arrange slices of fresh mozzarella cheese and ripe Roma tomatoes on the crust. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and sprinkle with fresh basil leaves and a pinch of sea salt.

Greek: Start with a layer of tzatziki sauce or Greek yogurt on the crust. Top with sliced gyro meat or grilled chicken, diced cucumbers, red onions, cherry tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese.

Pesto Veggie: Spread a generous amount of basil pesto on the crust. Add sliced mushrooms, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, diced red onions, and a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan cheese.

How Do You Store Your Pizza?

Here’s how you can store, meal prep, reheat, and freeze your chicken crust pizza:

Storage: Keep any leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 days. To prevent sticking, place parchment paper between the slices.

Meal Prep: Get ahead by baking the entire chicken crust beforehand. When you’re ready to eat, just add your favorite toppings and bake again.

Reheating: Place the pizza directly on a pizza stone or baking sheet (no need for parchment paper). Bake at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes. If you’re in a rush, you can also microwave it on medium power for a minute or two, but the crust might turn out softer.

Freezing: Pre-bake the crust, wrap it tightly, and freeze it flat. Once it’s solid, you can store it anywhere in the freezer. When you’re ready to enjoy it, no need to thaw—just add sauce and toppings, then bake until hot and bubbly.

What Equipment Do You Need To Prepare This Recipe?

Equipment Needed:

  • Oven
  • Pizza pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Pan for cooking ground chicken
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula or spoon for mixing
  • Measuring spoons (for Italian seasoning)
  • Oven mitts or kitchen gloves
  • Optional: Broiler (for browning the cheese) 

How Do You Prepare Chicken Crust Pizza?

Prep. Preheat your oven. Line a pizza pan with parchment paper.


In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked ground chicken, parmesan, garlic powder, and salt. Mix together.

Add the eggs and cheese of choice.


Keto Chicken Crust Ingredients to pair with Sovi Reserve Red

Add Italian seasoning, then mix well into the chicken mixture.


Place dough onto the parchment.


Making Keto chicken crust to pair with Sovi Reserve Red

Spread the dough into a circle, making as thin as possible to the edges of the pan.


Bake until firm and golden on the edges.
Let the crust rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes helps to “seal” it. This will allow the sauce to sit on top without making the crust soggy.


Add tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella, roasted red pepper, and toppings (Salami, Calaprese, Prosciutto).


Sovi Reserve Red with Chicken Crust Pizza

Add more mozzarella.


Sovi Reserve Red with Chicken Crust Pizza

Bake another 10 minutes until pizza is hot and cheese melts. Add fresh basil and serve hot.


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Sovi Reserve Red with Chicken Crust Pizza


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1 lb (500 grams) ground chicken

1/2 cup grated mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese or mixed Italian cheeses

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning


1/2 cup pizza sauce

Large piece of roasted red pepper, thinly sliced (from jar)

12 pepperoni

Slices of fresh mozzarella

Handful of fresh basil


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C).
  • Line a pizza pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a pan with some water, cook ground chicken until done. Set into a bowl.  Let cool.
  • Transfer chicken to bowl.
  • Using your fingers, break up the ground chicken into small pieces.
  • Add cheese.
  • Add eggs.
  • Add Italian seasoning.
  • Using your hands, mix well.
  • Transfer mixture to parchment.
  • Spread the chicken crust pizza “dough” onto the parchment paper on the pizza pan, as thinly as possible (about 1/4 in thick).
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until firm and golden on the edges.
  • Let the crust rest for 10 minutes, helping to seal the crust.
  • Add sauce and toppings. Return to the oven for another 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  • If desired, place under a broiler for a couple of minutes to brown the cheese more.



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