CINCO DE MAYO WINES & FOODS
Next Thursday May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) is a day that commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Oddly enough, it is more widely celebrated in the U.S. than in Mexico, as it’s a great excuse to enjoy Mexican fare.
Sayulita Mexico is a laid-back surfing town about 30 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. Surprisingly, the town has several wine shops with an unimaginable selection of Mexican wines. Most wines are produced in the Valle de Guadalupe region of Baja Mexico, and are typically blends containing Cabernet Sauvignon. We tried numerous bottles during our recent stay. Many were excellent, and paired well with the spicy cuisine.
We’ve got two Mexican wines from Valle de Guadalupe in the shop.
Try one on Cinco de Mayo!
2009 Jubileo Meritage, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja Mexico ($18.99) 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc. Aromas of bing cherry, plum, espresso, wild herbs and vanilla fill the glass. More red fruit comes through on the palate, with plenty of acidity to keeps things in balance. Finishes long, with supple tannins. 400 cases produced.
2009 Villa Montefiori Cabernet-Sangiovese, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja Mexico ($24.99) 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Sangiovese, aged 15 months in French oak. Paolo Paoloni was formerly an enologist at Perugia University in Italy until he moved his family to Mexico and planted vineyards. Structured and vibrant with excellent balance. Full-bodied with spicy notes, it offers up silky tannins.
PARA COMER – MEXICAN FOODS FOR CINCO DE MAYO
Mole sauces: Making a mole sauce from scratch is rewarding but time consuming. Buying pre-made mole sauce simplifies everything, and by purchasing one of the scrumptious Mexican-made sauces we stock, it taste as good as homemade. We stock many styles of mole sauces, including Negro, Rojo, Coloradito and Poblano. Chicken Mole on Cinco de Mayo, anyone?
Santa Fe Ole sauces: When in New Mexico I order “Christmas” style entrees to get equal parts red and green chile sauce. The roasted pepper flavors in these chile sauces are sublime with everything. Santa Fe Ole sauces are the best jarred chile sauces we’ve found. Try the red or green chile sauce (mild or medium hot), Green Chile Salsa or Ancho Salsa.
Miss Marjorie’s Plantain chips: These are phenomenal with guacamole! A creation of Marjorie Restaurant in Seattle, these plantain chips and guacamole are their signature appetizer.
Amor y Tacos by Deborah Schneider SALE! $9.99 (regular price $18.95) A cookbook inspired by roadside stands in Mexico, it contains recipes for appetizers, salsas, drinks, and loads of taco recipes. Comes with mouth-watering photos.
PADRON PEPPER PLANT UPDATE: We’ve got about 3 dozen plants for sale now, and when the Alaskan Way Viaduct reopens, we’ll have more plants available (hopefully around May 13).