While most imbibe on beer and tequila for Cinco de Mayo, there are many wines that pair well with Mexican food. You can pair food with any wine that you like, however, the spicy, smoky, and vibrant flavors in traditional Cinco de Mayo cuisine can pose a challenge.

Fear not. Wine goes with everything! (Tweet that!)

Sometimes you just need some pointers. Here are my wine picks for Cinco de Mayo this year: 

CEVICHE pairs well with...

2013 Elk Cove Pinot Gris $17.99

(Tastes like Papaya, Mango, Jasmine, and Vanilla)

2013 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc $12.99

(Tastes like Lemon, Key Lime, Pineapple, and Grapefruit)


SALSA pairs well with...

2012 Ruffino Chianti Classico Aziano $13.99

(Tastes like Cherries, Blueberries, and Raspberries with a little spice on the finish)


ANCHO CHILE pairs well with...

Sean Thackrey Pleiades XXIII Red Blend $29.99

(Tastes like Cranberry, Raspberry, Rosemary, and Vanilla)

2012 Domaine Vincent Paris Cornas Granit 30 $35.99

(Tastes like Blackberries, Blueberries, Flint, and Floral)


SPICY/VIBRANT FOODS pair well with...

2012 Sean Minor Pinot Noir Central Coast $11.99

(Tastes like Strawberry, Cherry, Tobacco, and Sweet Oak)

2012 Miner Viognier $19.99

(Tastes like Pear and Honeysuckle, with Minerality on the Finish)


With so many great options, I'm sure you'll find the perfect pairing for your Cinco de Mayo meal this year! 

Happy Sipping,