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Chipotle Wine Pairings We are at it again! Looking to pair your favorite foods with wines that work. It’s not always easy and some people don’t even think it’s worth the time. The truth is we can’t always sit down to a crown roast, but that should not mean we can’t enjoy a glass of wine with our dinner.

Today’s installment sees us pairing the Mexican fare of Chipotle with wine. At first glance, this might seem like a pretty simple task. Mexican food can seem like a simple rearrangement of basic core ingredients (which is true), but every combination happens to yield something different and each of those dishes presented their own wine-related challenges. Spicy, tart, oily, savory, vegetal, the flavors ran the gamut and most dishes had a winner, but only one wine went with almost everything – a $10 gem that surprised me!

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  • Very entertaining piece. I am a Chipotle Veggie Bowl regular and I've often taken my food to go, sat down at home and tried to decide if I should bother opening a bottle of wine, only to find out it clashed with the flavors. Reislings do tend to taste good with mexican food, though. Thanks!

    Jun 22, 2011 at 3:07 PM

  • Snooth User: ichito
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    with all due respect, but those of us familliar with "real mexican", cuisine, the only drink that pairs well with the food is beer. You see, a successful taco is well dressed with salsa, this naturally will tend to overpower, unless one is used or is inclined to use a milder type.
    I found that mild chipotle pairs well with a white that is more oakley, like a California Chardonnay, since chipotle has this smokey taste.Stronger salsa, and you would switch to beer, it handles it better.
    For me wines are best for a lot more refined mexican cuisine, that does not relay so much on strong spices. Like the dishes from the east.

    Jun 22, 2011 at 3:16 PM

  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    Holy moly, Greg, you're earning your way towards a medal (and likely a health check) if this series continues further.

    'Real Mexican' really has nothing to do with these dishes. This is TexMex (or CalMex), with a hint of Brazil, transliterated from its native US regions by chains, etc. to the remote eastern seaboard. Nothing to do with the sauces of Oaxaca, or of Veracruz, or of a dozen other lregions, and all sorts of other preparations of meat and fish, much less tortillas.

    But the mission Greg defined is a useful one. I usually go for beer, too, but why not throw some wine in the mix with takeout? Still this is a much more difficult challenge than the McDonald's installment. Who is actually not going to use the salsa?

    Anyway, if your health holds up, Greg, keep it up. I can invision another dozen or two or three of some interesting matches....

    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:27 PM

  • Snooth User: SandraG05
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    I too love Mexican Food, both TexMex and the authentic dishes. I often try to pair my foods with wines from the region where the cuisine is from but have found it hard to get Mexican wines in the US. Mexican beer and tequila is everywhere but where’s the wine? I’ve heard Baja is making some great wines and they’re coming to the states through Baja Wines, anyone know more about this?

    Jun 23, 2011 at 12:07 PM

  • Snooth User: Huaino
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    Tasty article, but ...what happened to fish tacos (ahi tuna) and giving a vino Mexicano a try ??!! (I live near Ensenada, Baja CA., their place of origin and also the epicenter of the ground-gaining Mexican wine industry).
    If I may, a suggested article if you are not familiar with this interesting trend known as 'Baja Med'(iterraenian), a renaissance of food and wine happening in northern Baja:

    Salud y buen provecho !

    Jun 23, 2011 at 12:22 PM

  • Snooth User: karat
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    thanks greg - now i'm craving mexican. never gave much thought to the wine pairings past sangria (and the beer mentioned above!) but i'm going to try some of those whites. my mom is coming to town and i'm seeing chipotle and a few of these suggestions on the menu!

    Jun 23, 2011 at 11:52 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Thanks everybody! Yes I'm going to do my best and see what works with all the most popular restaurants here in the states, and then some of the less popular. No fish tacos here in NYC's Chipotle, but a trip to Rubios might be in the cards!

    Baja, will have to follow, maybe very closely indeed!

    Jun 24, 2011 at 6:10 AM

  • Snooth User: esstee1
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    I don't like Chipotle however I think this is a great article & shared with my friends that do.... :)

    Jun 29, 2011 at 5:18 AM

  • Snooth User: lakenvelder
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    We eat a lot of Mexican food but it is mostly prepared at home. Chardonnay is what I have found too to go well with the spicy meal. Riesling is another one.

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:18 PM

  • good

    Aug 30, 2013 at 2:52 AM

  • wonderful

    Aug 31, 2013 at 4:59 AM

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