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.
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!
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.
There is nothing more delicious than some good fish or prawns tacos.
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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.
Vegetarian or spinach and cheese empanadas are just perfect for a juicy and aromatic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc like the one from Ata Rangi.
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.
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!