Monday, September 17, 2012

Practicing My T's: New Food & Drink-Chicken Taquitos and Albarino

Sept. 12th: New Food and Drink—Chicken Taquitos and Albarino

There are so many new things and activities I tried on my birthday, but I think I will do a separate blog on my birthday activities alone in order to point those out. 

Two new things that did stick out in my mind was when I had my birthday dinner at a Mexican restaurant called Dos Caminos.  It was one of the appetizers that was suggested to me—Chicken Taquitos and a white wine that was recommended, Albarino.

Chicken Taquitos: pulled chicken rolled in crispy corn tortillas, shaved lettuce, queso fresco, 
tomatillo avocado salsa

They are small but they pack quite a punch in flavor.  It was a nice compliment to the fresh guacamole and chips that were part of the meal as well.

Pictured:  Albarino, Salneval, Rias Baixas, Spain 2009

Definition: Albarino is the primary white grape grown in Spain's coastal Rias Baixes wine region. It is a lovely, albeit quirky white wine grape that makes highly aromatic white wines with fantastic acidity.

Flavor Profile - On the palate you will typically be able to identity apple, pear, and/or citrus nuances in Albarino based wines. 

Food Pairings - These wines are made to be consumed young and go extraordinarily well with many appetizers, Cajun fare, poultry, shellfish and grilled fish.

I knew I was in the mood for a little wine.  I’m a big fan of white wine; I have yet to find a red wine that I really like.  

However, I wanted to try something a little different from Chardonnay.  The waitress suggested to me this wine called Albarino, which I had never heard of. 

Although it was a little pricey (like $11 for a glass), I figured I would give it a try to see how I liked it.  I was very impressed with the flavor.  I could taste the hints of citrus and the aroma was amazing.  It’s one of those wines I wouldn’t mind having a bottle of on hand.  


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