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Pairing Wine With Chipotle

06/22/2011 06:07 pm ET | Updated Aug 22, 2011

We are at it again! Looking to pair your favorite foods with wines that work. It's not always easy and some people don't even think it's worth the time. The truth is we can't always sit down to a crown roast, but that should not mean we can't enjoy a glass of wine with our dinner.

Today's installment sees us pairing the Mexican fare of Chipotle with wine. At first glance, this might seem like a pretty simple task. Mexican food can seem like a simple rearrangement of basic core ingredients (which is true), but every combination happens to yield something different and each of those dishes presented their own wine-related challenges. Spicy, tart, oily, savory, vegetal, the flavors ran the gamut and most dishes had a winner, but only one wine went with almost everything - a $10 gem that surprised me!

The Wine List

I chose another broad spectrum of wines to pair with Chipotle, as I did last time for our McDonald's pairings. While you can search out these specific wines, I suggest you treat these simply as representative examples of their types and look for the type that seems to appeal to you.

2009 Alamos Torrontes, $10: An unoaked, bright white wine.

2010 Kenwood Chardonnay, $10: A modestly oaked Chardonnay.

2010 Cupcake Riesling, $10: A gentle, sweet white wine.

2010 Pianissimo Rosé of Malbec, $12: A fuller style of rose.

2009 Kris Pinot Noir, $13: A light style Pinot Noir.

2008 Valley of the Moon Zinfandel, $13: A full-bodied red.

2010 Jam Jar Shiraz, $10: A sweet red wine.

Pairing Wine With Chipotle

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