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Wine y Queso Cotija? Say Less

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Wine really does go with everything, Mexican food included. Sommelier Cynthia Zavala shows us how to pair our tacos, nopales, and more with the perfect wine counterpart and elevate the culinary experience.
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For foods that are spicy, sommelier Cynthia Zavala says rosés and anything on the lighter side including a sauvignon blanc pairs well. “You want to match the intensity of the dish, with the intensity of the wine,”...
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Brother. Do you like Mexican food?
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Do it? I love it.
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And what do you like to drink it with?
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You know? Well,
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what if I told you wine also pairs well with Mexican food
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a wine with like a caritas asada.
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Well, yeah, I mean,
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hello, they got wineries in Mexico.
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What do they eat it?
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Eat the wine with?
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I mean, like,
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what do you pair it with?
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Like how do you know what goes with?
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What? Luckily I invited my friend Cynthia Zavala to join us
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and explain. She's a sommelier.
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A ka a wine expert and she's here to tell us about
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a couple of her favorite pair.
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Well, let's do it,
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Cynthia. Hey, let me help you with that.
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Hello? Hello. I hear,
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I hear you guys are trying Mexican food with wine.
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And so this, this is my friend.
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It's straight from El Borrego de Oro.
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They got two locations here in L A.
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These are tacos and typically like,
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I like to explore different wines with different Mexican food and trying
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to get the vibrancy of it.
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And so this wine called Casa de Hippie from San
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Vicente Valle, which is in Baja Mexico.
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They make amazing rose.
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And so this rose is actually fantastic.
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It gets you like the little lemon fruit great.
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And this would be fantastic to pair with the tacos as you
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know, as an entry entree that you might wanna share
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with your family and friends.
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So I always start off with a rose as it's something that
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is really vibrant and it kind of kicks and starts off the
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party on the in the right direction.
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Yeah. Yeah. Thank you.
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OK. Let's do it.
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000 shoot, that's another.
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Oh well, there's all the Mexican food.
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We're gonna try the,
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we're gonna try the wine with.
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Thank you. Thank you.
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Part of the taste is also getting the aromas and so you
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wanna take a sniff from the wine glass,
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try, try to figure out what kind of notes you get
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and then you wanna take a sip and then you want to
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take a bite out of it.
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And so the bite is actually going to enhance the flavor profiles
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from all the wines and then like,
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oh my gosh. OK.
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So we're gonna try the wine.
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OK. Yeah, we get a knife.
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Oh They're over there.
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The knives. Oh Can we get a knife and a fork
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Oh My God,
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it's good. This is good wine.
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Here's wine. I know it's very refreshing.
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So I would typically use that as a starter when you're
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when you have friends over and you wanna get the night going
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a rose is always a really good wine to really start having
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people enjoy the night.
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Yeah. All right.
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So I guess here,
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here you go. OK,
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I'm gonna get this one and I'm gonna just smother it in
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the sauce. So instead of like,
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you know, margaritas with it,
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try rose. Yeah.
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Wait, so I bite and then just eat it however you
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want to And then so it gives you like that lemon,
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the refresh you get,
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you get the bite from the salsa,
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it enhances them a little bit more.
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It's so good. And you know what's funny because it's wine
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and cheese. People have wine and cheese.
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This has cheese already.
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So it's like it pairs well with wine charcuterie.
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Yeah, it is really good and then the cheese is gonna
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be fantastic. So I think anything with cheese and rose and
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then like a little salsita.
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Absolutely wonderful. Let's keep it coming.
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Let's keep it going.
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And then typically, so I like to explore wine with my
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friends and usually when we pair meats,
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we always go for a cab,
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right? And so I like to push the envelope a little
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bit with them. And so this wine is a GSM and
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so GSM means it's a blend of three different different varietals.
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You have a Granoche,
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a Sra and a Moore.
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And so what this does it kind of like really enhances the
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flavor even more. you get a little bit of like
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the fruit, fruitiness of it from the from those
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rre and also the serra you get a little bit of
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peppery. So it's going to align really well.
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So this one, I suggested pairing it with Al Paso tacos
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because pastor has a really interesting flavor to it.
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And I think it's just going to enhance it a little bit
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more. I know it's early in the morning but it's all
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good. So I would suggest taking a bite of the
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meat first so you can actually try it and,
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and get the flavor and actually seeing how the wine enhances your
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your bite before a wine after a wine just for the meat
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first. Mm I know it looks delicious.
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Mm I'm just gonna drink the wine.
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So what do you guys think?
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Mhm OK. It's,
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it is very smooth.
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Oh My God. It's super smooth.
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It, it flows well with the palate and also it makes
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you want want to eat more,
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impair it more. It's dangerous too because I like I,
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I want more wine like I know I'm gonna get another glass
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if I finish like in between my meal.
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But you know, it pairs better than like having a cita
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or a margarita. I just think it really just brings and
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blends all the flavors together and also you don't have to spend
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a lot of money on wine.
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So that So these,
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this one is actually really great.
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I got this at Trader Joe's and it's less than less than
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20 bucks. I want to say like $12.
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And then, oh,
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yeah. And then the other one right here is,
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it's called Casa Hippie.
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And then that one I got it,
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I believe in,,
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Northgate. And so I know representing,
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and that one was less than $20 as well.
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I love both of these.
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So they're fantastic. And then lastly,
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if you want to go back to the rose,
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I highly suggest pairing it with the Nopales because the Nopales are
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very, you know,
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refreshing and whatnot. And so I think that is going to
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be a really good kicker with the rose.
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Oh My gosh. So I'm gonna go back to the rose
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with the Nopales. You too.
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Mm mm oh Yeah.
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Right. So next time they tell you,
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you can't pair Mexican food with wine.
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It's a complete lie.
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You can actually pair it and I suggest you guys explore it
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a little bit more.
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Wine is like an open book.
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So you have many different varietals and then think about it.
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You, you let it sit and it also is a living
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entity. So once you open up a wine bottle,
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it kind of flourishes over time.
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So you get different notes and whatnot.
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So you have Yeah,
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sometimes, yeah, most,
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most of the time I do because again,
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wine it opens up as you let it breathe with oxygen coming
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in. Yeah. Well,
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I think if you wanna dig in with us,
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we're gonna keep going here.
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But thank you for all the knowledge again.
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Now, now I got the range I feel like from CSA
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to Benito. Absolutely.
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And then if you guys have any questions,
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you can follow me on Instagram.
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My business name is Kina Wines.
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I'm also a Latina.
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So, so I'm trying to really just help people explore different
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wines across the board and really just get to know what
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our culture can offer with wine.
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And thank you for,
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we really appreciate the food.
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Get back in here.
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It's a family owned restaurant guys.
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It's delicious right here in L A.
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Thank you. Yes,
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we specialize in lamb meat and we have two locations in L
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A whenever you guys wanna stop by over there.
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Very close from here.
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And yeah, I'm glad you like the food for sure.
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Cool.