Pairing Wine with Salsa and Guacamole
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Normally, today would be all about heading to your favorite Mexican restaurant after work for some chips and salsa. Alas, during quarantine, traditions must be adjusted. Thankfully, you can still celebrate in style from the comfort and safety of your own home. All you really need are some tortilla chips, a bowl of salsa, and a glass of vino. When looking to pair wine with salsa and guacamole, use the salsa as your guide.
Here’s how to pair wine and salsa – and any kind of dip you may be in the mood for today. Yes, we’ve thought of everything. Including tacos. You’re welcome.
Wine & Salsa Pairings
Remember to roll your r when you say it. Salsa roja – or red salsa – goes very well with a dry or off-dry Riesling. If you’re a fan of red wine, you could also go with a Chianti.
If you like your salsa muy picante (read: ????????????), you could also go for a light sparkling Cava.
Naturally, green salsa goes well with a wine that has a green streak. Sauvignon blanc, a light white wine with a “green” flavor note that can come across as freshly cut grass or green bell pepper, is the perfect match.
Pico de Gallo
Chunky pico – made with fresh tomatoes and onions – pairs well with a light, acidic Spanish Albariño. Known for its light fruit flavors and hint of saline, this white wine will put you in the mood for al fresco dining – which is perfect if you have a deck.
When it comes to a fruit salsa, you want a light white wine with a good amount of acidity. That’s why a chilled Pinot Gris is a great choice for this salsa.
This hot and slightly sweet salsa goes well with a light, aromatic white wine like Chenin Blanc. Notes of pear and honey make this wine a great match.
While it’s not exactly the same as salsa, we assume you’ll want some guac today. Enjoy this heavenly treat with a dry Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.
Black Bean Dip
Thinking even further outside the salsa box, chips and black bean dip go well with a Sauvignon blanc or unoaked Chardonnay.
In Vino Finito
No matter which salsa and vino combo you choose, today’s the day for a fiesta. Remember, you can drink your wine like normal, or you can make it into a wine cocktail, like sangria or a wine marg. With these simple tips, you can pair wine with salsa and guacamole, no matter what the combination!
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