While most Mexican is washed down with a cold cerveza or a birdbath-sized margarita, wine is just fine with the beloved taco.
PONCE PICK: Amalaya Torrontes-Riesling 2011, $10.95
A new addition to the LCBO, this Argentinian white is an 85/15 blend of Torrontes and Riesling. Pour with fish tacos.
Ponce notes: “Torrontes is a full-bodied grape that’ll stand up to the bold spices and layers of flavour. Riesling’s acidity serves as a squeeze of lime on a rich guacamole and salty fried fish.”
L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2010, $11.95
From the Guadalupe Valley on the Baja peninsula, this Vintages red offers a rare opportunity to sample vinos Mexicanos. Try with sloppy beef-cheek tacos.
Ponce notes: “With its fruity nose of berries and oak, it could pass as a Zinfandel. But it’s better balanced than most Zins, with spicy notes that flatter slow-cooked beef and a firm acidity to cut through the fat.”
Abad Dom Bueno Godello 2010, $14.95
Available at Vintages, this bottle from the Bierzo region in northwestern Spain is a good match with any taco starring pork.
Ponce notes: “With aromas of baked apple and cinnamon, you know it’s going to love pig even more than Kermit the Frog does. Spicy with a long finish, it’s a nice change from the usual suspects.”