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Jan 8, 2007 07:34 PM

Wine pairing for mexican meal?

I'm making a shrimp, mango and scallop tostada salad for dinner next saturday. What would be a good varietal?

I was thinking Pino Grigio, Reisling or something similar.

Any tips?

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  1. You don't indicate what sort of dressing/vinaigrette you are using which is vital to the wine pairing. If on the spicier side, a Riesling or Gewurtz could work, but if there is ample cilantro a la ceviche, I'd go towards a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc (more crisp).

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    1. re: Carrie 218

      Sparkling wines have also been the most common pairing through the decades in Mexico. Freixenet produces sparkling wines in Queretaro... and I have found that a modestly dry sparkling wine is indespensible for a bowl of menudo.

      1. re: Carrie 218

        Ditto the above.

        Here's what you should do... serve BOTH a Riesling and a Sauvignon Blanc... if you're adventurous, serve a non-dry bubbly too. That way you have 2 or 3 wines to compare and contrast.

        Avoid the gewurztraminer for now, as it's a bit trickier wine. Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc are much more consistent.

        1. re: Chicago Mike

          Gosh, I WISH I could serve both. I weigh 100 lbs on a good day. It's just me and my husband, one bottle is enough for us!

          1. re: Diana

            Hey Diana... keep in mind that at most large liquor stores you can buy half-bottles of good quality wine.

      2. With the mango, I'd go sweeter - Gewurz or riesling.

        1. I had a 2004 Kilikanoon Riesling that tasted like lime margaritas--something like that maybe. Or, the incredibly tart and fresh 2004 Muga Rioja Blanco would also be good.

          1. Diana,

            I think that you nailed it with a Riesling. I'd opt for something in the Spätlese level, especially to handle any heat. For a red, a fruit-forward, lower-alcohol, Zin, would be a good wine.

            A Brut Rosé Champagne/sparkling would also be a good choice.


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            1. re: Bill Hunt

              Zin? That tostada is bound to have some lime or other citrus on it. I've definitely enjoyed Zins with dishes like Goat Birria... don't know about a seafood tostada.

            2. Go with a sour cream style dressing and a sauvignon blanc - I think you'll want a SB with some light tropical notes, and not as grassy, but that's a taste thing