What could be better with crisp, clean, Alto Adige whites than a bit of spicy Mexican food?  During a Terlano wine tasting at Hi-Time Wine Cellars last Saturday we proved this pairing to be both unexpected and delicious.  The food was courtesy of Orange County’s own Tamarindo Truck– fresh, traditional Mexican Street food, and the wines were pure Alto Adige.

One of my favorite pairings of the night was a spicy Chipotle Pork Torta with a little Terlano Gewurztraminer.  The pork was slow roasted- caramelized with those smoky, spicy notes and highlighted throughout by bits of pickled onions and a Serrano salsa.  The wine, a crisp, dry Gewurztraminer, helped cool the burn from the chili in the dish, and balanced nicely with a clean acidity and a good measure of fruit. I loved how the aromatics of this wine (typical peaches, rosewater and minerality) maximized the peppery green notes of the chili and cilantro garnishing the torta. Simply stunning- and a perfect way to demonstrate the versatility of Italian wines to pair with any range of cuisines…

Even Especially with Mexican street food from the Tamarindo Truck.

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I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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5 Responses

  1. Angeline M

    Ha! I love this!! I used to live in the OC, Costa Mesa and then Irvine. Nothing like the taco trucks down there. What a wonderful pairing of wine and tacos. Boy do I miss SoCal.


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