The weather is getting colder, and we’ve got holidays on the brain, well, almost. Before we dive into our 2021 Thanksgiving Wine List next week, let’s focus on the present. It’s Tuesday, and that means tacos are on tonight’s menu.
You may not think of wine when it comes to Mexican fare, but each of the bottles below makes a winning combo with the flavors you'll be enjoying. Plus, it's a great excuse to enjoy some lighter options in the Fall. We've even linked some outstanding recipe pairings for each from Colorado food blogger Yvette at Muy Bueno Cookbook!
Look for these wines at your local wine shop or click the links to order from Wine.Com. They’ll be at your door by the time Taco Tuesday rolls around next week.
Cheers to one of the best days of the week!
Smith Devereux SB White Blend 2018
California | This Sauvignon Blanc-based blend offers all the best components of this popular variety: great acid, tropical fruit, and tons of great aromatics. The addition of Muscat helps to soften the edges and makes this absolutely crushable. Think of it like the squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice you drizzle over your dishes!
Taco Pairing: Cod Fish Tacos by Muy Bueno Cookbook "Flaky white fish and a crunchy cabbage slaw dressed in a spicy, tangy dressing make these Cod Fish Tacos a perfectly delicious weeknight dinner that’s also fast to assemble."
Three by Wade Rosé 2020
California | The definition of a “food wine”! This dry, juicy, delicious rosé is as versatile as it gets. There’s enough fruit, body, and texture to stand up to bolder dishes and enough finesse to pair it with a simple salad with salmon or, of course, tacos. You can get into chicken, pork, and beef options here, as well as dishes with a little spice. This unconventional blend of Grenache, Tempranillo, and Pinot Noir is full of fresh strawberry, raspberry, and citrus flavors.
Taco Pairing: Rotisserie Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Mango Salsa and Curtido by Muy Bueno Cookbook "These delicious rotisserie chicken tacos with pineapple mango salsa and a quick tangy curtido (cabbage slaw) are made with leftover shredded rotisserie chicken. They’re quick and easy to make and super delicious. Your family will love them!"
Stolpman Vineyards 'La Cuadrilla' Red 2019
Ballard Canyon, California | For those seeking a bold red wine, this blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Sangiovese from some of the best vineyards in Santa Barbara County is a must-try. Named for the ‘La Cuadrilla’ program owner Peter Stolpman instated for his vineyard crew, giving them their own plot to cultivate and vinify. The program took off and today, the wines are sold to broad market. Each vintage has its own unique label design and pays homage to the culture and talents of this team. For taco pairings, reach for bold flavors like mole and black beans with pork and beef or try the recipe pairing below. The perfumed flavors of red and blue berries and floral notes are a match made in heaven.
Taco Pairing: Beef Brisket Tacos (Tex-Mex Tacos de Suadero) by Muy Bueno Cookbook "This crowd-pleasing recipe for Tex-Mex Beef Brisket Tacos (a.k.a. tacos de carne deshebrada ~or~ tacos de suadero) is made extra easy with the help of a slow cooker. Simply set it and forget it in the morning, prep a few toppings for your family or guests to gussy up their tacos and your work is done."