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.