Have you heard the word on the street? We have started a thangy thang over here at Vinously Speaking Wine Shop … we are now pairing foods with our wines for our Free Wine Tasting Saturdays! Woooot! Woooot!
I am a MEGA foodie, like Anthony Bourdain of San Antonio kind of foodie (minus the whole television crew following me around bit … sigh … one day) I lurve food, I got the ‘tude, and I’m always in the mood :). Naturally I thought it was only obvious that I needed to add that element to the wine tastings here at le shop du vin. Not to mention, who doesn’t want to learn how to pair delicious foods with fabulous wines?
‘I despise the magic of food and wine pairing.’ – said No One, Ever.
So with that, we launched our Saturday Wine & Food Pairing a month ago with “Wine & Cheese” and then we followed that up with “Wine & BBQ Sauce” the next Saturday! But not just any BBQ … it was MONZ BONZ BBQ!!! Mmmmm! My dad can beat your dad’s BBQ any day of the week, blindfolded, with one hand tied behind his back! Boooya! No joke, his BBQ is mouthwatering, finger-licking, fall-off-the-bone, bbq-gasmic! His BBQ is so good he had to start a private BBQ catering business on the side of his day job to keep up with all the requests!
Now that I have you mouthwatering, let’s look at a few fun photos from the event that a good friend of mine took with her fancy-pants camera, which totally made me feel that much closer to being the Anthony Bourdain of San Antonio :)
“WINE is what makes the BBQ sauce better” – Me … “Nooo, BBQ SAUCE makes the wine better!” – Dad
Look at me Ma! I’m a big girl! I can pour wine all by myself!
Obviously I am too slow of a pourer for my dad … zzzzzzz
Arrrrrrrrr! Zinzilla is coming at’cha!
Ain’t the line up of Wine & BBQ sauce pretty! Enough to make any true vinous southerner shed a tear of joy!
So how’d it all work out? Well Monz Bonz BBQ made a PHENOMENAL juicy, tender, fall-apart bristket for the occasion. Then I went to the local grocery store, HEB and picked out 6 BBQ sauces for the 6 wines I picked out. We placed six dollops of BBQ sauce on each plate as you can see above and just to be extra southern we added a heap of mashed potatoes for a palate cleanser! Below are all the wines and their matching BBQ sauces.
The Mencia grape is a neat varietal from Spain that is similar to what the love child of Pinot Noir & Cabernet Franc would be. This wine had earthy notes, graphite, Asian spices, black spices and light dark fruit aromas. I decided to find a BBQ sauce with ‘something ‘earthy’ and Chipotle fit the bill! Earthy chile with earthy wine! The sweetness from the honey helped round out the wine too.
The next wine was a Tempranillo, an early ripening varietal. ‘Temprano’ in Spanish means ‘early’, hence the grape name. This wine had a delicious aromas cedar, spice, violets, red and blue berries. I decided to play of the cedar aromas and the closest BBQ sauce I found was Hickory & Brown Sugar. The hickory flavors paired great with the cedar and spice aromas, while the red fruit and violet aromas were highlighted by the element of sweetness from the brown sugar.
This wine was a blend of 50% Garnacha, 30% Mazuelo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah. With all the mix going on, and the aromas of red berries, dried herbs, and mineral notes I decided a light BBQ sauce with a bit of a “zippy, sweet and sour” would be great so that it wouldn’t drown out the wine and at the same time elevate the aromas on the wine. . HEB, the local grocery chain here in San Antonio, had a line of 4 HEB BBQ sauces and Carolina style was one of them. Carolina-based BBQ sauce has mustard in it, which was just the “zip & sweet and sour” I was looking for. Mustard is hard to pair with but it was a light part of the sauce so it actually acted in a way that elevated the aromas and flavors of the wine, just like I wanted it to. This was one of my ‘going out on a limb’ pairings, but it worked out amazingly! It was probably my most favorite one!
The next wine was from the Monastrell varietal and it was packin’ some major blueberry, blackberry, cedar and pepper notes. This one was a no-brainer for me to pair with … Texas style BBQ sauce! Texas BBQ sauces are more heavy on the black pepper than other styles and the black pepper notes on both made for a “POP” of a pairing! Yeeehaw!
The wine that followed started out as a different than in the picture above. It was the 2011 Alma de los Andes Malbec, but that lil sucker was so gosh darn good that it sold out before we were a third of the way into the tasting! I even had two customers fight over the last bottle of it!
Not to worry though, I had another Malbec to fill in :) While they were both unique in their own rights, both Malbecs had the aromas of dark red fruit, spice, mint, and chocolate. Because Malbecs are usually more of a robust wine, but still having great acidity to them. Now here in the south we like to say “tangy” for things that are acidic and the Memphis style BBQ sauce was both robust and “tangy”! It was a great complement to the robust and acidic Malbecs we tasted!
The last wine, which has the most awesome of labels!, was a red Zinfandel. This was a nice juicy, fruity Zin (though not the intense fruit bomb that other Zins can be) with aromas of raspberry, dark berries, chocolate, pepper, and spice. I knew I wanted an intense, spicy, yet sweet BBQ sauce that would be able to ‘boot scootin boogie’ with the jammy elements of a Zinfandel, and Kansas City was the big daddy of the sauces! Whew! Talk about intense!
To sum it up, when pairing wine and BBQ sauce, I recommend finding what aromas/flavors are in your wine of choice and then seek out a BBQ sauce that can match as many of those aromas.
Hope you enjoyed! The event was such a great success! Monz Bonz BBQ was AMAZEBALLS as usual! Everyone raved about the pairings and thought it was a unique and fun idea for a food and wine pairing! Not to mention we had a huge representation from the male population … but that is what happens when you mention Monz Bonz BBQ brisket ;) And next time you need De-freakin-licious BBQ catering, send my dad a message on his MONZ BONZ BBQ Facebook Page!
See you next blog post for “Vinously Speaking Wine Shop’s Saturday Pairing #3: Wine & Herbs! And we’ll see you this Saturday at the wine shop for our “Wine & Pasta Sauce” Pairing :)