Wine Pairing Mexican Food - Best Wines for Mexican Dishes, Sauces
Although beer is perhaps more popular with take away Mexican food, many restaurants have extensive wine lists and may recommend a wine to suit. But if you are serving Mexican Food at home for a dinner party it is handy to know which wines pair best with various Mexican dishes and sauces.
Of course, Mexico now produces some excellent wines from its own vineyards. The National Viticulture Association, set up in the 1980s, has fostered prestige wine production in Mexico. The main varieties grown in Mexico are:
Red Wines ► Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Malbec, Merlot, Grenache, Carignan, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon.
White Wines ► Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Riesling, Palomino, Moscatel, Macabeo, Chenin Blanc, Chasselas and Chardonnay.
This article provides some tips for pairing wines with Mexican Food.
General Rules for Pairing Wines with Mexican Dishes
Below are three general rules to use as a guide:
1. Generally match the color of the wine to the color of the meat. White wine is generally best with chicken and seafood dishes.
2. The more spicy the food, the colder and sweeter the choice of wine.
3. Dishes rich in herbs require fruity wines with high acidity such as Sauvignon Blanc
Wine Pairs for Main Courses
Tortillas with Toppings: Tacos, Chalupas, Sopes, Tostadas
Wines ► Dry Rosé, lighter-style Spanish Garnacha, Lambrusco, Cannonau from Sardegna
Stuffed Masa dough dishes: Tamales, Gorditas, Enchiladas
Wines ► Tempranillo Rosé, Reserva Rioja, Cab Franc Rosé, Tempranillo
Savory-Sweet Dishes; Empanadas, Chile Rellenos
Wines ► Sauvignon Blanc, Verdejo, Torrontes, Albariño, Grüner Veltliner, Garnacha Rosé.
Cheese Dishes: Queso Fundido, Quesadillas
Wines ► Sangiovese, Tempranillo
Red Meats: Such as Barbacoa, Carne Asada
Wines ► Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Carmenere, Douro Reds,
Spicy Meats: Chorizo
Wines ► Sweet chilled wines such as Mozelle, Rieling, Moscato d’Asti
Pork: Al Pastor, Carnitas
Wines► Sparkling Brut Rosé
Pozole (chicken and pork broth)
Wines ► White Port or similar
Rice Dishes: Arroz con Pollo, Arroz con Camarones
► Sauvignon Blanc, Vihno Verde, Albariño
Matching Wines to Mexican Sauces
Wines ► Zinfandel
Wines► Cremant de Bordeaux, Prosecco, Moscato d’Asti,
Chiltomate (Yucatan) Sauce
Wines ► Prosecco, Moscato d’Asti
Wines ► Sangiovese
Chili Sauce (red)
Wines ► German Riesling
Chile Sauce (green)
Wines ► Grüner Veltliner, Sauvignon Blanc
Wines ► Verdejo, Dry Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc
Wines ► Amontillado Sherry
Pico de Gallo
Wines ► Albariño, Vihno Verde, Pinot Gris, Grüner Veltliner
Wines ► Cabernet Franc, Gamay or Carmenere,
Wines ► Sauvignon Blanc or Verdejo
Wine Pairings for Tex Mex Dishes
Wines ► Tempranillo, Sangiovese or Montepulciano
Wines ► Primitivo
Wines ► Rioja Reserva
Chili Con Carne
Wines ► Cava and Champagne
Wines ► Extra-Brut Cava
© 2013 Dr. John Anderson
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