Best Wine with Tacos

Introduction

We all love tacos. We all love wine. But sometimes, those two things don’t seem to go together. Well, I’m here to tell you that there are some incredible wines that pair perfectly with tacos. It doesn’t matter if you’re eating seafood or chicken or beef. We’ve got everything covered in this guide.

So stop fretting over what to drink with your next taco meal and take a look at these suggestions instead:

Embrace the wine with bubbles

When it comes to wine, bubbles make a big difference.

Wine with bubbles is called sparkling wine (the key word here being “bubbly”). Sparkling wines have an effervescence that adds life and excitement to your meal and tacos.

When you drink sparkling wine you get a rush of carbon dioxide from the bubbles in the glass. It tickles your nose as well as stimulates all of your senses. This sensation can be particularly exciting when paired with tacos because of their bold flavors and textures.

Try one of these Proseccos with your Tacos for a great pairing:

Bottega ‘Gold’ Prosecco Brut

Critic tasting note: “Packaged in what looks like a solid gold bottle, this easy sparkler offers fresh acidity and clean fruit aromas. The gold packaging gives this particular bottle a sassy, luxurious competitive edge.” – 85/100Wine Enthusiast

Bisol Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze DOCG

Award tasting note: (2021 vintage) “Melon and pear drop foaming creation with a sweet edge and citrus balance.” – SilverInternational Wine Challenge

Masottina Prosecco di Treviso Brut

Prosecco isn’t generally expensive anyway but this one provides even more value. An absolute bargain given the quality of the wine on offer.

Award tasting note: “Clean, fresh, floral notes with lovely lime and citrus flavors on the palate. – Panel Chair: Clive Barlow MW, Co-Chair: Oz Clarke” – BronzeInternational Wine Challenge

Try a light and fruity Rosé

Rosé is a great pairing for tacos, but it’s also a good choice if you want to keep your wine and taco pairing simple. Rosé will make the most of the delicate flavors in your taco, while its lightness and fruitiness are also well-suited to a casual evening out. If you’re looking for something that will keep your palate fresh and make it easier to drink more than one glass, Rosé is the way to go.

I recommend one of these Rosé with your Tacos:

Rumor Rosé (Provence, France)

This is a very elegant, drinkable blush pink rosé. It has light red berry fruit and sharp citrus aromas, with a crisp, dry refreshing finish. It pairs with cured meats, fish, pasta, salads, and shellfish.

Sonoma-Cutrer Rosé of Pinot Noir (California)

This Pinot Noir blush from the Russian River Valley is a welcome change from the standard Grenache-based rosés you are probably used to. It has a bright acidity with hints of red berry fruits, pear, and stone fruit flavors. 

Whispering Angel Rosé (Provence, France)

This is an award-winning benchmark dry rose from Chateau d’EsclansinProvence.  It has notes of strawberry, raspberry, and peach with refreshing citrus and a smooth, dry finish.  Goes very well with fish dishes.

A simple Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio is fine too

A simple Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio is fine as well. Both are light, fruity wines that have a lot of acidity and can refresh your palate after eating spicy tacos. The acidity is what helps keep your mouth feeling clean after drinking them and serves as an excellent counterpoint to the spicy flavors in your tacos.

They’re also both dry, though that term can be somewhat misleading in this case. Dry doesn’t mean they’re completely devoid of sugar; instead, it just means they have less than 10 grams per liter. If you’re looking for something more complex or full-bodied, you may want to choose a red wine instead.

Try one of these Sauvignon blancs:

Bread & Butter North Coast Sauvignon Blanc

This Sauvignon Blanc has bright aromas of lemon zest and hints of tropical fruit, lively flavors with citrus notes followed by a rich texture and a clean finish.

2021 Decoy California Sauvignon Blanc

Aromas of pineapple, lemon, and green apple lead the way for this crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Underneath those fresh scents is a layer of lime zest that adds another exciting dimension to what you taste, which lingers in your mouth long after each sip.

Lieu Dit Sauvignon Blanc 2017

This Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of ripe kiwi, lemon, and lime accented by hints of green apples. The palate is full and creamy with a rich mouthfeel that is balanced by crisp acidity.

If you prefer Pinot Grigio, then these are the three I would recommend:

2021 St. Michael-Eppan San Michele Appiano Pinot Grigio Sudtirol – Alto Adige

This wine has grown in popularity and is appreciated for its freshness, nice acidity, and pleasant, lingering aftertaste. Well worth seeking out.

2021 Pradio Priara Pinot Grigio Friuli Grave

From the Pradio Italian family estate, this Pinot Grigio presents as pale yellow in color. Notes are blended wildflowers and ripe fruit (apple, pear, banana). This wine has a long finish that is fresh and lingering on the palate.

2021 Cantina Zaccagnini Terre di Chieti IGT Pinot Gris

The color is straw yellow with a very pleasant aroma. It has clear fruity notes of pear and green apple, as well as slight hints of aromatic herbs. The taste is dominated by freshness and savoriness; it’s light enough for crisp white fruit but still flavorful enough to appeal to those who prefer something on the sweeter side.

Think about the flavors when pairing

Keep in mind that when pairing wine with tacos, it is usual to serve on small plates. Therefore, it’s easy for certain flavors to overpower everything else. If you’re going for an Asian-style taco (e.g., tofu), try sticking with something lighter like Sauvignon Blanc.

Pairing with a Mexican-inspired?, chorizo for example, then opt for a sweeter Pinot Grigio.

If it has Indian influences (lamb kababs), then go ahead and choose another dry white wine such as a Riesling. And if it’s a fusion taco (e.g., sweet potato), then try a Rosé or sparkling wine.

Riesling

Talking of Riesling, a dry Riesling is the best choice for pairing with tacos. For those of you who don’t know, Riesling is a white wine, from grapes with flavors of green apples, citrus, and even honey. The deliciousness of this wine comes from its high acidity which allows it to pair perfectly with spicy foods like tacos.

Rieslings can range from sweet to dry depending on how long they were fermented in their barrels.

Dry Rieslings are great for pairing with fish tacos, shrimp tacos, or even chicken tacos. However, if you’re looking for something sweeter then check out some Sauternes instead.

I have three Riesling on my list that is recommended:

Georg Albrecht Schneider Niersteiner Riesling Kabinett 2017

This Kabinett is a fresh, crisp wine with lingering sweetness balanced by tart lemon-lime acidity. Delicate wisps of smoke and earth lend touches of complexity throughout, adding dimensions to its fruity character.

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

Spätlese Riesling is richer and more intense in flavor than Kabinett. It comes with a lively minerality that perfectly balances the bright white peach and lemon fruit you’ll find here. Worth seeking out.

Ransom Sunnyside Vineyard Riesling (Willamette Valley of Oregon)

From the vineyard themselves, “This single vineyard, old vine bottling from the South Salem Hills is a classic, terroir-revealing Riesling. Opening with fresh fruit aromas of key lime and pineapple, the palate offers vivid acidity and flavors of Meyer lemon zest and candied ginger wrapped around a mineral vein. The wine finishes fresh and bright, with a beguiling note of honeysuckle blossom. A delight to drink now, but also exceedingly age-worthy.” 

Conclusion

When pairing wine with tacos, you’ll want to pay close attention to the flavors in both the wine and your tacos. If you are pairing with Mexican style then I’d opt for a Pinot Grigio or crisp white wine. If you are pairing it with a more traditional style taco then I’d opt for a Riesling. Both of these wines have the ability to pair well with spicy food and also bring out some of the other flavors in your tacos. My personal favorite is Riesling for exactly this reason.

My recommended taco recipe is Becky Hardin’s Baked Chicken Tacos which you can find at thecookierookie.com

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