Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a terrific opportunity for wine lovers to mix and match favorite wines with the hot and spicy flavors of the Bayou region.
Cajun Cuisine is known for being rich, buttery, spicy and full of flavor. So when you are searching for wines to step up to the pairing challenge, you will want to bypass heavy duty reds that are high in tannins like a Cabernet Sauvignon, as they will taste more metallic and destroy the flavors of the dish.
Instead, opt for wines that will be crisp, cool and will not compete with the intensity of the dish’s flavors. With a sizzling bowl of gumbo you’ll need a lively Sauvignon Blanc. It will do its share to balance the heat of this classic Cajun soup. As for red wine selections, opt for a versatile Pinot Noir or a snazzy Shiraz, both are typically low in tannin structure and have an easy-going palate presence that will sustain and complement a sizzling gumbo filled with shrimp, chicken or sausage.
Cheers – Marisa!