Texas Independence Day is coming up soon, and as if anyone needed another good excuse to drink more Texas wine, Texas Fine Wine has put together some really cool Texas food and wine pairings for you to consider. Whether you are a fan of white wine, red wine, or rosé, there is something for everyone included in the recipes. The wines recommended are all from the wineries associated with Texas Fine Wine, and the food pairings came from the book, The United Tastes of Texas, by Jessica Dupuy. Let’s get to drooling, I mean pairing, shall we?
Rajas Con Queso, paired with Brennan Vineyards Dry Rosé. Queso is no doubt a staple in Texas. It is often paired with a cold beer at a Tex-Mex restaurant, but dry rosé is a great compliment due to its ability to pair with a plethora of dishes. Dry rosé is one of the most versatile wines out there, so grab a glass and make that queso!
Redfish with cilantro serrano chimchurri, paired with Duchman Family Winery Vermentino. This pairing is active and lively on the palate. The wine and food complement one another well, as Vermentino offers a crisp mouthfeel and solid acidity.
Pork Carnitas, paired with Bending Branch Winery Tannat. What more can be said here? Tannins and fat are best friends in food and wine pairing. The bravado of Tannat, and the flavorful pork carnitas prove to be a lovely duo.
Honey Fried Chicken, paired with Pedernales Cellars Viognier. A bright crisp, aromatic Viognier is a great compliment to fried foods. The acidity is refreshing, and the aromas and bright flavors dance when blended with the splendor of your favorite fried bites.
Texas strip steak, paired with Spicewood Vineyards Tempranillo. This is another stellar example of a bold wine, driven by black and red fruit notes, with a fatty, juicy steak. Again, fat and tannins go hand in hand.
There you have it folks, some really fun and creative ideas to pair with your favorite Texas Fine Wines. Now get out there, check out the Texas Fine Wine website, and get your Texas grub on!