Typically, people enjoy margaritas or Tequila on May 5, traditionally known as Cinco de Mayo. But, if you are a wine drinker, don’t despair. There are plenty of choices for you, too. Below are my top five picks:
- Riesling – German Riesling has an acidity that can stand up to the citrus found in many Mexican dishes. Try anything from the Mosel region, or German-inspired favorite, Hermann J. Weimer from the Finger Lakes region in New York state.
- Pinot Noir – Dishes, such as enchiladas are not as spicy and tend to be more mellow and earthy. Try a light Pinot Noir, such as one from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, California.
- White Merlot – Tacos are fun and carry big flavor, therefore you need something fun to compliment them and quench your thirst. Try a White Merlot from Sutter Home or Beringer Estates. The rose never disappoints.
- Sauvignon Blanc – Fish tacos are popular these days and if you get a good one, it will likely have a bit of heat to it. Try a fresh Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand to cool the heat and refresh your palate.
- Mexican wine – I was hoping this would be my pick this year. I recently read a Huffington Post article on the resurgence of the Mexican wine industry and learned the Baja peninsula is home to 90 percent of the country’s wine producers. So, I had planned to try a bottle of Mexican wine for my Cinco de Mayo feast. But, alas I can’t find any Mexican wine in my neck of the woods. Anyone know where I can get some? ¡Salud!