Wine is better with friends, especially wine loving friends. I recently met Sarita of VineMeUp for drinks at a Washington, D.C. wine bar. Over on her blog, she talks about pairings, new finds, and local wine happenings. She also hosts a fun podcast with other wine lovers, called SwirlSuite.
Today, she takes over b&w with her Virginia wine pairing.
Greenhill Winery and Vineyards is one of my favorite Virginia spots to sip. The tasting room is gorgeous and the winemaker makes stunning Blanc de Blancs. I’ve paired Greenhill bubbles with rotisserie chicken, crab legs & shrimp and grits. I didn’t realize that such a stunning Blanc de Blanc would pair beautifully with basic boxed tacos.
I received the 2014 Greenhill Blanc de Blanc in my last wine club shipment. This wine has a rich lemon color and texture. The nose is full apple, pear and apricot. On the palate, this wine is sultry with grannie smith apple skins and warm lemon.
The plan was to pair this wine with popcorn topped with Old Bay Seasoning. While the popcorn popped in the microwave, I bit my husband’s Old El Paso hard taco and something magical happened. The combination of salty from the seasoned meat and cheese, the acidity from the tomatoes and the crunch from the corn shell, escalated the wine. I was amazed at this creamy finish. The contrast was a great marriage. And before you ask, I didn’t add anything special to these tacos. No herbs and not even fresh salsa or avocado. I only used the box of processed ingredients with turkey meant and viola. Lol
I went back & tasted the Old Bay popcorn with the wine and it was fine but it didn’t measure up to the tacos. This is a true test to let your palate lead the way.
This post is part of a series of wine parings from Virginia wine makers, winery owners, and wine lovers in honor of Virginia Wine Month