Taco and Wine Pairings!

With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, many of us will be indulging in delicious Mexican food. One of my favorite things to eat on Cinco de Mayo (and pretty much any other day of the year) is a fresh, grilled fish taco.  While a nice IPA is always a great pairing, I really enjoy finding a great wine to pair with tacos as well. Here are a few of my favorite combos:

Ahi and Salmon tacos from my favorite spot, La Sirena Grill
Ahi and Salmon tacos from my favorite spot, La Sirena Grill

Grüner Veltliner with Mahi Mahi and Guacamole Tacos

Grüner and fish tacos generally go perfectly together…especially when guacamole is involved.  The acid in the Grüner cuts the fat in the avocado and brings the Mahi to another level!  I suggest a bottle of 2012 Bernhard Ott “Am Berg” Grüner Veltliner Wagram.   Fresh and crisp with notes of green apple and peach! ($18)

Sparkling Wine with an Ahi Taco topped with Papaya Salsa

One of my favorite taco spots seasonally features a grilled ahi taco topped with fresh papaya salsa.  The salsa is a bit spicy and full of vibrant, tropical flavors.  I think sparkling wine pairs best with this fruit salsa style of taco.  It really complements the fruit without overpowering it.  Try a bottle of Fermi Bohigas Galda Finca Mas Macia Brut Cava.  With notes of stonefruit and pear, this Cava really is a nice match with fruit salsa! ($10)

Cool Climate Syrah and Braised Pork Tacos

Braised pork tacos need a wine that has some depth yet not too big of a personality.  I love pairing cool climate Syrah to bring out the flavors and spice in the braised meat.  Look for something without new oak and low in alcohol so it won’t overpower the pork.  Grab a glass of 2012 Yves Cuilleron “Les Vignes d’à Côté” Syrah.  Good acid with earthy notes of black currents and pepper for under $20! 

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