Forget Margaritas — Up The Ante On Taco Tuesday With These Spicy Wines

While tacos and margaritas go together like peanut butter and jelly, there are times when you’re just not in the mood for tequila. But, then, what else does one drink on Taco Tuesday? Luckily, there are an array of wines on the market that can fill the void in your glass.

Here are a few you should try with your next taco (or taco-inspired!) dinner.

Saldo, The Prisoner Wine Company

The Prisoner Wine Company has brought a wine with big, bold flavor and a bit of spice to its lineup with the introduction of Saldo. The cherry, licorice and baking spice leads itself perfectly to an array of tacos, whether meat or veggie-filled. Or, sip it alongside chips and salsa, as the wine has a hint of black pepper that a great complement to spice.

Tempranillo, Upper Five Vineyard

A Cellar 503 pick, this wine has layers of flavors that work really well with food like carne asada, chorizo and fajitas. So, why not tacos? Tasting notes on this red, particularly the 2016 blend, include coffee and spice with a surprising amount of ripe dark cherry flavors. Done in an Old World style, it spends 18 months in French oak barrels, there is really just enough for a slight taste while the fruit steals the show. Warning: This wine is a consistent top-seller, so grab it while you can.

2020 Little Secrets, Tank Garage Winery

If you’re looking for a little bit of funk to accompany your Taco Tuesday meal, Tank Garage Winery has just the thing. It’s 2020 Little Secrets is a carbonic Gamay done in a Beaujolais Nouveau style. Bright acidity and a satin texture adds to its flavor notes of membrillo, blood orange, juicy peach, while the nose gets a touch of floral and fruit-forward scents. This wine is a no-brainer when pairing with foods because of its versatility, so its perfect for a Taco Tuesday party with your pandemic pod.

Sauvignon Blanc Aged In Tequila Barrels, Cooper + Thief

Yes, we know the point of this article is what to drink when you don’t want tequila. But, hear us out. This isn’t tequila. This is just a Sauvignon Blanc aged in tequila barrels.

This barrel-aged offering from Cooper + Thief is the only white in the brand’s red-heavy portfolio, but that doesn’t make it any less special. This Sauvignon Blanc is aged in añejo tequila barrels for a unique structure all its own. Tasting notes include classic citrus and spice, with a vanilla finish. It’s basically the best of both worlds.

Sauvignon Blanc, Oyster Bay Wines

If you’re searching for a light white wine to accompany fish tacos, Oyster Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc is it. Zesty and citrus-forward, this blend stands up to spice, whether it be from your seasoned meat or favorite salsa, without overpowering it. The tropical notes, too, can add depth when paired with a fruit-style salsa or cabbage slaw topping.

Reserve Rosé, Rutherford Ranch Winery

Not to be outshined by big, bold reds and unique whites, rosé and tacos are a match made in food-loving heaven. Especially Rutherford Ranch Winery’s rosé. Fruit forward and definitely a must-sip with spicy tacos, this wine is rich in flavor and in color due to the winery’s saignée method of production.

Brut Cuvée – Extra Brut, J Vineyards

No list is complete without a sparkling option and this offering from J Vineyards is a great sip to have alongside your tacos. Flavor notes here consist of juicy lemon and lime rind zests, echoing those found in salsas and spices. Additionally, its effervescence elevates the entire dining experience.

Thirsty? Go shopping and grab the wine you’ve had your eye on.

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