To continue our appreciation for all that takeout has done for us in a very tumultuous year, we’ve come up with another pairing guide. Next up on our list of takeout food is Mexican. This is a cuisine not typically associated with wine, as most of the region focuses on beer and tequila or mezcal. While wine might not be the traditional beverage to pair with the sometimes spicy and always flavorful dishes from our southern neighbors, they can still be very complimentary as long as you know which wines to choose.
Tacos Al Pastor – Perlage Rosé 2019 – This rosé will complement the pork and spices of this dish without overpowering it.
Quesadilla – La Marouette Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – This dish craves something crisp with high acidity to cut through the heaviness of the melted cheese. A wine with minerality will also compliment the onions and tortilla beautifully.
Guacamole – Girasole Vineyards Pinot Blanc 2019 – The fattiness of the avocado needs high acidity to cut through it, and a citrus-forward wine will be able to compete with strong flavors like cilantro and onion.
Tamales – Maysara Jamsheed Pinot Noir 2014 – This wine is light-bodied enough to compliment the braised pork filling, and the dense masa calls for the earthiness of red wine to balance it.
Fajitas De Carne – Navarsotillo Noemus Tempranillo Rioja 2017 – This medium-bodied wine has lots of fruit flavor to stand up to the savory beef, peppers and onions and cut through the spiciness.
Chips & Salsa – Casina di Cornia Chianti Classico Sangiovese 2016 – An Italian varietal used to lifting tomato flavors is the perfect complement to a tomato-focused salsa.
So if you were looking for a sign that you should support a local business by ordering Mexican food tonight—here it is! And if you need more inspiration for what to drink with dinner tonight, take a look at our Pairing Wine With Takeout: Chinese Food.