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Spicy Hot Tacos and Sweet Bordeaux #Winophiles

Typically I am not a fan of sweet wines of any kind.  I was forced to reconsider my position when my husband suggested we try these Spicy Hot Tacos with the bottle of La Hargue we received to taste.  La Hargue wine is a semi-dry Bordeaux from the Chateau La Hargue by Ducourt.

This bottle has a value of $15 which is well within our price range for a weekday meal.  We decided to try it with a spicy dish and picked a Spicy Hot Taco recipe from the Food Network.  The tacos were amazing, with a high spice level that hit you a bit later than when you taste!  Sneak attack!   

We served the wine chilled.  The nose was a balance of fruit, citrus and vanilla.  It was crisp, delicate and elegant, light and fruity.  The fruit of the wine, with the sweetness, took the rather surprising heat from the tacos and made them very enjoyable.

These wines have a signature golden color thanks to a "unique microclimate, diverse oil and meticulous craftsmanship."  ref. myfullwineglass.com  We loved the crisp wine and felt it held up to the spicy beef quite well.  We highly recommend you to try this wine with your next spicy dish.

Take a look at what the winemaker does to get this lovely bottle:

Harvest: Machine harvesting in the cool, early morning
Maceration: Skin-contact maceration for several hours, depending on ripeness,
and pressing
Fermentation: Beginning of the alcoholic fermentation at low temperature
(12°C) then an increase in temperature to finish the fermentation at 20°C
Aging: Ageing on lees in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats
Average annual production: 80,000 bottles
Oenologist: Jérémy Ducourt

If this wine interests you, as it should, go and read these other wonderful pairings and information on this wine.

  • Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla: “Surprise! Pairing Spicy and Savory Dishes with Sweet Bordeaux”
  • Terri at Our Good Life: “Spicy Hot Tacos and Sweet Bordeaux”
  • Martin at ENOFYLZ: “Pairing Golden Bordeaux with Southern Fare”
  • Lauren atThe Swirling Dervish: “Golden Bordeaux Meets Savory Pumpkin and Smoked Bacon Tart: a Delicious Thanksgiving Twist!”
  • David at Cooking Chat: “Pairings for Sweet Bordeaux Wine"
  • Katrina atThe Corkscrew Concierge: “Golden Bordeaux Delights in Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole Cuisine”
  • Payal at Keep the Peas: “Four Sweet Bordeaux Wines with Four Courses”
  • Jane at Always Ravenous:“Golden Sweet Bordeaux Wines: Tasting and Pairings”
  • Wendy atA Day in the Life on the Farm: “Hot Chocolate and Halva Pudding paired with Lion De Tanesse L'Amour”
  • Jeff at foodwineclick: "Sweet Bordeaux Meets the Smoke"
  • Jill at L'OCCASION : “Sweet Bordeaux Wines Aren’t Just for Dessert”
  • Lynn at Savor the Harvest: “Sweet Bordeaux Wines Get Savory Pairings”
  • Rupal at Syrah Queen: "Sweet Bordeaux Is A Sweet Delight - Savor These Perfect Food Pairings"
  • Robin at Crushed Grape Chronicles : “Sweet Bordeaux Wines and pairings from opposite sides of the globe”
  • Pinny at Chinese Food & Wine Pairings: “Sweet Bordeaux Paired with Asian Carbs - Chinese Sticky Rice and Korean Japchae”
  • Susannah at avvinare: “Delightful Sweet Wines from Bordeaux”
  • Nicole at Somm’s Table:“Château Loupiac Gaudiet with Cinnamon Apple Crème Brûlée”
  • Gwendolyn at wine predator: "Successful Pairings of Salty and Savory with Sweet Semi-Dry Bordeaux"
  • Jennifer at Vino Travels: "A Look Into the Sweeter Side of Bordeaux Wines"
  • Linda at My Full Wine Glass: “Appetizers, entrées and yes, dessert please, with sweet Bordeaux”

Would you like to comment?

  1. I love that most of us, so far anyway, have leaned savory. And your tacos look tasty! I paired this same bottle with a bouillabaise. I have a bit more. It might be taco night sometime this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Oh yes, spicy hot food and sweet Bordeaux. Thank goodness for the sound advice of a spouse!

  3. I hadn't even thought about Mexican dishes with these wines Terri (there's not much of that here ;-) What a great idea. I just ordered masa to make tortillas. Soft tacos and this wine are in my future!

  4. Yes! These wines are so great with spicy cuisine! I've paired these wine with local Tex-Mex that has a kick, and loved the combo!

  5. My husband is always game to try a new taco recipe, so I will keep yours on file. Sounds like a fun pairing, too!

  6. I can't go too spicy around here so I don't know if I will ever get to try any of these wines with a spicy pairing.

  7. I am so glad that you paired this wine with something spicy and found it worked well!. I rarely cook spicy foods these days, and I bet that was a lovely pairing.

  8. I really enjoyed these wines with spicy fare. It seems like you did as well Terri! Cheers!


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