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How to pair your favourite dishes of Mexican cuisine from Chilango with wine?

How to pair your favourite dishes of Mexican cuisine from Chilango with wine?

 

 

Beside being a wine lover, I am a food lover and a passionate traveler and, wherever I go, I like to eat local.

 

One of my favourite cuisine is the Mexican one. Maybe because I’ve visited Mexico so many times…maybe because I am a huge avocado fan, maybe for the exotic taste and the freshness of the ingredients…maybe because it is just so good.

 

But I have noticed that most people tend to drink only beer with their Mexican food so I’ve embraced the cause of wine matched with Mexican food and decided to give you my personal suggestions!

 

 

 

Mexican foods from Chilango and wine

 

Let’s start from the basics. Mexican cuisine is not all about chili: it is a complex and not at all obvious cuisine that can offer extremely interesting combinations with wine.

 

Don’t forget though, that seasoning plays a fundamental role in wine and food pairing and spices, as well as fresh herbs and marinades, are tricky to match and may change the palette of flavours in a dish.

 

But today I don’t want to talk just about generic combinations. I wanna take a step forward, so I have gone through the Chilango restaurants menus and have chosen some of their dishes to suggest you some tasty pairings.

 

 

 

Grilled steak burrito with peppers and onions

 

Grilled steak burrito with peppers and onions should be matched with a succulent and peppery Syrah like the Innocent Bystander from Yarra Valley, Australia

 

Or with a leathery and smokey Tempranillo from Rioja like the Gran Dominio.

 

 

 

How to pair your favourite dished of Mexican cuisine from Chilango with wine? Innocent Bystander, Syrah Yarra Valley, Australia; Gran Dominio, Rioja
Innocent Bystander, Syrah Yarra Valley, Australia; Gran Dominio, Rioja
 

 

 

 

Roasted pork with black beans and spicy sauce

 

Roasted pork with black beans and spicy sauce is your chance to go for a local wine. Because it’s good to know that in the thin stretch of land called Baja California, Mexico produces excellent wines such as the Nebbiolo LA Cetto, the best match with pork!

 

 

How to pair your favourite dished of Mexican cuisine from Chilango with wine?Our ultimate recommendation for for mexican pork Nebbiolo LA Cetto
Our ultimate recommendation for for mexican pork Nebbiolo LA Cetto
 

 

 

Guacamole

 

Guacamole goes very well with aromatic wines such as the Italian Soave. The one from Terre di Monteforte is ripe, light and floral and a perfect pick for this avocado sauce.

 

 

How to pair your favourite dished of Mexican cuisine from Chilango with wine?Try Guacamole with aromatic Soave from Italy Terre di Monteforte
Try Guacamole with aromatic Soave from Italy Terre di Monteforte
 

 

 

Fish tacos

 

There is nothing more delicious than some good fish or prawns tacos.

 

I’d suggest to have them with a rosé, maybe something a bit unusual, like the lively Portuguese Alentejo based on Touriga Nacional.

 

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How to pair your favourite dished of Mexican cuisine from Chilango with wine?Try Touriga Nacional da Peceguina Red from Portugese region of Alentejo
Touriga Nacional da Peceguina Red from Portugese region of Alentejo
 

 

 

 

Chicken and Tortilla Soup

 

The Chicken and Tortilla Soup should be matched with the full palate and fruity intensity of a Viognier. Try the Fairview from South Africa.

 

But if you are having a Grilled Chicken salad (with mango/chili marinade) choose a Chardonnay for full body and exotic character; I’d go with the Clos des Fous Locura 1 from Chile.

 

 

How to pair your favourite dished of Mexican cuisine from Chilango with wine?Viognier, Fairview from South Africa and Clos des Fous Locura 1 from Chile.
Viognier, Fairview from South Africa and Clos des Fous Locura 1 from Chile.
 

 

 

Vegetarian empanadas

 

Vegetarian or spinach and cheese empanadas are just perfect for a juicy and aromatic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc like the one from Ata Rangi.

 

 

How to pair your favourite dished of Mexican cuisine from Chilango with wine? Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is an a perfect wine for Vegetarian or spinach and cheese empanadas
Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is an a perfect wine for Vegetarian or spinach and cheese empanadas
 

 

Quesadillas

 

Quesadillas need different wines depending on the filling.

 

Those with shrimps or veggies would go very well with a Chenin Blanc. This gives us again the exquisite excuse to taste some local wines: try the La Grulla.

 

On the other hand, meat quesadillas, maybe with the addition of a spicy touch, need the soft alcohol and smooth palate of a Napa Valley Merlot, like the Stags’ Leap.

 

 

How to pair your favourite dished of Mexican cuisine from Chilango with wine?OPt for Merlot from Stags' Leap to pair with meat quesadillas
Chenin Blanc La Grulla is a wonderful option in case fi you are having Quesadillas with shrimps or veggies.
Opt for Merlot from Stags’ Leap to pair with meat quesadillas
 

 

Now I bet you can’t wait for your next Mexican dinner…well, then…Buen provecho y salud!

 


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