Margaritas and light beer may be the standard for taco pairings-- but they don't always have to be! In the broad world of wine (and tacos), the opportunities for creating mouthwatering food and wine marriages are endless. Believe it or not, the variety of tangy, spicy flavors found in tacos can actually come more alive alongside a glass of wine, as opposed to served beside a sub-par frozen machine beverage. However, there are a few solid dos and donts when pairing vino with your favorite Mexican dish; follow our tips and recommendations below for the easiest (and classiest!) #TacoTuesday yet!
Pairing wine and tacos goes far beyond the simple protein between the shell; take note of spices, sauces, and heat factor when choosing the perfect bottle for your meal.
Wines high in tannins and/or oak will fight for palate space within your mouth, attempting to overpower the strong flavors of the tacos. Avoid wines high in either of the two components.
On that note, leave the high-alcohol wines behind, too-- especially if your tacos pack a punch. Heat and high alcohol don't mix well, though heat and sugar do. For spicy seasonings, look to a wine with a touch of residual sugar to balance out the heat.