Interested in picking a wine for enchiladas? We sampled a red and a white wine pairing for enchiladas, and bring you our results today.
Cinco de Mayo might mean margaritas for most people, or maybe Mexican beer. But May 5 here at Cooking Chat found us sample wine for enchiladas, trying to decide if we liked the white wine choice or red better as a pairing. This was our experiment for the wine for enchiladas themed Wine Pairing Weekend hosted by Lori at Draecana Wines.
Occasionally, even serious home cooks and food bloggers need a short cut, and that was the case for this #winePW event. As this event date approached, I realized I wasn’t likely to have time to cook up a new enchiladas recipe. So when Cinco de Mayo turned out to a be a busy day, I decided to grab some pre-made enchiladas from the Whole Foods prepared meals section.
The enchiladas I picked up were adobo flavored bean and cheese enchiladas. They were salty and moderately spicy, and the cheese and bean filling definitely meant that the wine we picked would need to have some substance. So wine did we pick for enchiladas? Let’s find out.
Picking Wine for Enchiladas
I wanted to experiment with a white wine and a red wine choice for our enchiladas. We some Grüner on hand from the previous night, so decided to try that as our white wine option. The 2014 Winzer Krems Sandgrube 13 Grüner Veltliner ( 12.5 % ABV) was crisp with green apple taste. The wine had a refreshing quality that cleansed the palate after a bite of the enchiladas. This is a medium bodied wine, but had a enough heft to stand up to the hearty enchiladas. The low alcohol content also helps make the wine food friendly. This Grüner Veltliner is definitely a good pairing for the enchiladas.
For our red wine choice, we went with the 2012 Amphora Mourvedre ($30, 14.5%). The Amphora Winery is a Sonoma, but it appears the grapes for this Mourvedre are sourced from Clarksburg. I’ve enjoyed some other wines from Amphora before, big reds like their Zinfandel. The Mourvedre is a bit more subdued, which is good as some of their others might have overwhelmed the vegetarian enchiladas.
The Mourvedre is a very flavorful wine, with blackberry fruit and spice notes. The spice element worked well with the spicy enchiladas. The medium bodied red balance the heavy aspects of the cheese enchiladas. Another good pairing.
So which was the better wine for enchiladas? Both the red and white wines worked well for different reasons. The red wine had a flavor profile that matched well with the spices in the food, while the Grüner Veltliner was a refreshing contrast that made me ready for the next bite of enchiladas. Forced to pick, I might give a slight nod to the Grüner for the refreshing quality; the palate cleansing aspect was good with the saltiness of the enchiladas as well as the spice. Though I certainly like the Amphora Mourvedre a lot, and will definitely grab another bottle soon.
Let’s see what the other #winePW bloggers got up to with their enchiladas…
Wine Pairing for Enchiladas from the #winePW Crew
Take a look at all the great ideas generated by our Wine Pairing Weekend group below.
David of Cooking Chat will be debating Wine for Enchiladas — Red or White? You are here!
Michelle of RockinRedBlog will be Exploring Enchiladas and Wine Pairings with WinePW.
Sarah from Curious Cuisiniere will post Chicken and Cheese Entomatadas: Pairing Tomatoes with Wine
For a list of past and upcoming #WinePW events, visit the Wine Pairing Weekend calendar here. We’d love to have you online with us!