Our Wine Review of the Week commemorates Cinco de Mayo (May 5), the day in 1862 when a rag-tag Mexican army defeated the far larger French forces under Emperor Napoleon III.
Sure, you could toast with a cerveza or tequila, but which wine? The growing Mexican wine industry is gaining respect, particularly the region of Baja California, and among the leading producers is L.A. Cetto, creating exceptionally well-priced red wines.
But let’s broaden the field, and look at wines from around the world to complement the fiesta dishes that include the diverse and spicy dishes of Mexico such as tacos, enchiladas, tamales, pinto beans, Spanish rice, jalapeno corn bread, corn chips and salsa.
(Really, do we need an excuse to eat more corn chips and salsa?)
Then there’s burritos and guacamole. According to the California Avocado Commission, May 5th is the biggest consumption day of the year, with Americans consuming 50 million avocados.
There’s also the specialty dish of a mole, usually chicken in a dark sauce that’s a blend of onion, garlic, chiles, sesame seeds, and a small amount of Mexican dark chocolate that adds richness not sweetness.
Wine Reviewer Jessica Nagy, who has completed Level II of the International Sommelier Guild (ISG), has selected a zesty white wine to match those Mexican flavours.
Her wine review, rating and tasting note:
The Southbrook Connect White is a lovely aromatic blend that smells and tastes of green apples, white peach and citrus fruits.
Low in acid and alcohol, this off-dry wine is very food-friendly and fun. Perfect chilled for a summer brunch, or with lighter fish dishes.
With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, you could definitely pick this up to go with your fish tacos, fresh salsa and homemade guacamole! Fun fact: This wine is organic and vegan. Rating: 89 points