Whether you hail from South of the Border or Seattle, Washington, what’s not to love about all things Mexican? With Cinco de Mayo festivities about to begin, I have yet another excuse to enjoy tasty food from sunny Mexico. Just the thought of quesadillas, tacos, pico de gallo, fresh fish, tacos, enchiladas, tortilla soup, burritos, and unique vegetables causes my palate to tingle with anticipation. Grab those maracas, shout “Ole!”, and let’s start the party!
If the dish you love is spicy, choose a chilled white wine with plenty of minerality, a Cava, or one that has a touch of sugar. If your culinary creation isn’t overly spiced, a fruit forward red may be delicious. You’re having tacos with all of the fixins and plenty of sauce? You may want to try a sparkling wine, a dry rose, or Garnacha. Foods oozing with cheesy goodness will be even more savory paired with a Tempranillo or Sangiovese. Vegetarian dishes beg for a wine with high acidity. Grilled seafood with herbs? Consider a Sauvignon Blanc, Albarino, or your favorite sparkling wine.
The list goes on, but the wines I discovered will pair with almost any Mexican dish you crave on Cinco de Mayo…or any other day of the week!
I can’t think of a better pairing with shrimp ceviche or anything spicy on your Cinco de Mayo plate than a pure and fresh Albarino from Rias Baixas, located in the northwestern corner of Spain. And the Pazo Senorans Seleccion de Anada 2008 ($28) delivers. Glistening gold in the glass, broad, intense aromas of honey, lemon, bright citrus, stone fruit, and yellow flowers were the first clue that this wine would be rich, yet delicate. On the palate, bracing acidity, notes of ripe citrus and a full, creamy mouthfeel gave way to a long, elegant finish. This beautiful expression of Albarino is one to discover.
Cheers to Cinco de Mayo! ~ Cindy