Wine Pairing - How to Pair Wine with Mexican Food

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					Most people choose to drink beer when they meet Mexican food. Beer is good. Beer
is refreshing, delicious, and pairs well with the spiciness of Mexican food. There are
however, many good wines that pair well with Mexican food. Wine is also more
refined and sophisticated that beer. It provides a more complex flavor and turns a
normal meal into a super meal. Most people would not even think of pairing their
favorite Malbec with their favorite tacos, burritos, or quesadillas. There are few wine
varietals that pair well with Mexican food. The confusion is about to end. You will
surprise your friends and family when you tell them of your knowledge of pairing
wine with Mexican food. Perhaps you can even bring Mexican food to your next wine
tasting party. Here are a few tips and rules to follow when pairing wine with Mexican
food.
  Choose a crisp white wine with good acidity. Some common choices include
Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Torrontes, and Sauvignon Blanc. The crispness and level
acidity will balance out well with the intense flavors of the Mexican food. You can
also pair Mexican food with a red wine that has good acidity. Some good wines to
choose are Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, and Chianti.
  You should avoid wines with a lot of tannin. The tannin mixed with the hotness of
the Mexican food will make the wine taste disgusting. Avoid Cabernet Sauvignon and
Merlot when pairing at your next wine tasting.
  You should also avoid the 鈥渙 aky 鈥?wines such as Chardonnay. The oakiness of
the wine mixed with the intricate flavors of the Mexican food will make the wine taste
bland and bitter.
  You may need to suggest to your favorite Mexican restaurant that they start
broadening their wine list. They will probably look at you like you are absolutely
insane. Print off this article and show it to them.

				
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