This is my 2nd round of doing a wine pairing with the food that is available at the Texas State Fair.
Food: Twisted Taco – Chicken fried steak, fried okra, roasted corn, spicy slaw in a flour tortilla. I think this is my new fave dish at the fair.
Wine: Bar Z Winery – Sangiovese – Bright cherry, earth, good acidity. Fantastic with the taco. Wish I had gotten a glass and just chowed down with the taco.
Wine: Bar Z Winery -“Enigmatic” Tempranillo blend – dirt, leather, tobacco leaves. The wine was almost too much for the taco and added a leather element that was a bit off. The wine on it’s own was good.
Wine: Dry Comal Creek – French Colombard -butter, light toast & bright citrus finish. Good with the taco and was refreshing too.
Food: Sriracha Balls – damn hot ball of fire with corn & chicken! I liked it, but after awhile my mouth went numb.
Wine: Llano Sweet Red – it’s basically like a red sangria (red wine with fruit). It actually stood up to the fire and quenched my thirst.
Wine: Llano Signature White – stone fruit with a zesty citrus finish. This pairing was not good because the acidity in the wine intensified the heat of the food.
Food: Fried Dog – a hot dog coated in fries, then fried and cheese poured on top. It was good, but eat it fast because it’s bad cold.
Wine: Llano Sweet Red – It was ok with the dog. Nothing special.
Wine: Llano Signature White – Not good with the dog. The wine gave the dish a weird tangy element. The wine on it’s own was good. I would consider it a patio/pool sipping wine.
2 other wines I tried were:
Bar Z Winery – Cabernet Sauvignon – smoke, earth, a little black fruit. Very good.
Dry Comal Creek Sparkling Demi Sweet – This is a sweet wine that I would consider for dessert.
That was about all I could do for the day.
I’m hoping to make it back and attempt a 3rd visit to the fair.
Wish me luck!
Lori – Your Twisted Sommelier