How to Pair Mexican Food with Wine & Beer

Cinco de Mayo might be behind us, but we’ll never pass up the chance to have a few drinks and eat lots of tacos!

Whether you’re stocking up the fridge for a party, or just enjoying a weekend with friends, BottlesXO has got your back when it comes to choosing the perfect drinks to compliment a Mexican feast. So dust off your sombrero and get your shot glasses out, because it’s time for a fiesta.

We like to suggest pairings by type of dish, and for convenience we’ll break some common Mexican cuisine down into four categories: Fresco (fresh), Cremoso (creamy), Picante (spicy) and Carnoso (meaty). And remember, any of these suggested drink pairings can be delivered right to you, chilled and ready to drink, through the BottlesXO app.

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FRESCO MARIDAJE
(fresh pairings)

That goes for dips like salsa fresca, but also more substantial treats like tostadas (toasted tortillas covered with light toppings) as well as our favorite – fish tacos. If you’re doing beer, think a hefeweizen, a classic wheat beer or even a less hoppy pale ale. As for wine, think a  fresh, crisp white wine – a French Sauvignon Blanc will work wonders. Finally, of course, you can’t go wrong with some juicy tacos and a cold margarita, either. Luckily, since the launch of our new cocktail sets, we can deliver Margarita set straight to your door.

BottlesXO Picks:

Xitang Blue Castle Wheat Beer
(¥75 for 4)

Chartron La Fleur Sauvignon Blanc
(¥115)

Margarita Cocktail Set
(¥485 for 8 cocktails)

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CREMOSO MARIDAJE
(creamy pairings)

Some of Mexico’s greatest culinary hits are creamy and cheesy. For a enchiladas, queso cheese dips and – of course – anything with a generous helping of guacamole, a smooth dry white is ideal. the lightness of the white will complement the light greasiness of some of these dishes and slice right through those cheesy flavors. When it comes to beer, hoppy American Pale Ales and IPAs will go down a treat, their resin notes a perfect complement to rich cheeses.

BottlesXO Picks:

Arrow Factory Guanxi Pale Ale
(¥120 for 4)

Norte Sur Organic Chardonnay
(¥115)

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PICANTE MARIDAJE
(spicy pairings)

Some come to Mexican food for the flavor; some come for the kick. Pairing spicy food with beer and, particularly, wine is always said to be tricky, but it doesn’t need to be. If your Mexican dish is packing a little heat and you want to wash it down with some beer, go for paler varieties like a helles, a witbier or a light blonde ale. When it comes to wine, you’ve got a couple of surprising options. A slightly sweet Riesling cuts through spice if you feel like a white wine, while medium-bodied red wines with a bit of heft will smooth out some of those rough spicy edges.

BottlesXO Picks:

Boxing Cat Right Hook Helles
(¥110 for 4)

Arrow Factory Blonde on Blonde
(¥140)

Heinz Schmitt Erben Riesling
(¥145)

Terra Mazzei Red
(¥160)

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CARNOSO MARIDAJE
(meaty pairings)

What of the heavenly, juicy, and meaty things that Mexican cuisine does to pork, like slow braised carnitas or al pastor tacos? These heavier, richer dishes like need an equally bold complement – we recommend rich, tannic red wines like Barbera, Malbecs or Syrah, as well as a classic Bordeaux blend. If you’re more of a beer drinker, you can even match rich and rich by going with a dark, high abv beer or cutting through the heaviness with a light, fizzy lager. When it comes to beef dishes, like beef burritos or tacos, carnivores can turn to medium-bodied reds like a Spanish Tempranillo or a Côte du Rhône, either of which will provide a perfect pairing.

BottlesXO Picks:

Kaiba Passionfruit Lager
(¥75 for 4)

Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja
(¥160)

Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Red
(¥150)

Nexus One Tempranillo
(¥185)

It’s fiesta time! All of the products mentioned above are available now for instant delivery in Shangahi and Suzhou, ready to be paired with your next Mexican feast.

Click here to download the BottlesXO app and start ordering.