Tacos and Prosecco

4th February 2022

Prosecco and Taco

Bringing a taste of Mexico to your dinner plate, and Italy to your glass, join me in creating and enjoying a Taco and Prosecco dinner, but first, let’s learn about the Taco, why do we eat it, when was it created, read on and find out.


What do you know of the Taco? Did you know it originates from Mexico, before the Spanish arrived, there is anthropological (the study of humankind) evidence that the indigenous people who lived in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico ate tacos filled, but instead of what we normally see in our Tacos, they used to fill theirs with small fish.

Although the Spanish are not thought to have created the Taco, they are the first Europeans to document it, one of the Spanish conquistadors (invaders, knights, soldiers, and explorers of the Spanish and the Portuguese Empires) Bernal Díaz del Castillo, who is known for his part in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, wrote of the first Taco feast enjoyed by Europeans, it was Hernán Cortés, who is known for many things, including being the Former Governor of New Spain, who arranged the feast for his captains in Coyoacán.

We know that Mexico is the birthplace of the Taco, but we don’t know for sure who made the first Taco and where they ate it.

Even the name Taco has different origin stories, the word Taco in Spanish can take on different contexts, for instance, it could mean wedge; wad, plug, billiard cue, blowpipe, plus more. A ‘theory’ presented by one etymological (origin and historical development of words and their meanings) Taco, in the food sense, can be traced to Mexican silver miners, as a term they used meaning ‘plug’ where they would plug in explosive charges, consisting of paper wrapper and gunpowder filling.

Although the proposed Indigenous origin seems more likely with the word coming from the Nahuatl word ‘tlahco’, meaning ‘half’ or ‘in the middle’, but we may never know for the origin for sure.

If you’re new to trying a Taco, like me, it consists of a hand-sized corn or wheat Taco curved so allow the placement of whatever you wish to eat, to be honest, it works well with beef, pork, chicken or seafood, with beans, vegetables and/or cheese, then topped with any or none of the following, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, onion, tomatoes, or chillis. You are very likely to see Tacos being sold as street food in Mexico and as good as they might be here, trying something in its home country is always a treat.

The Prosecco

The Giusti family’s passion for wine dates back to the 1600s, the journey started when they bought a two-hectare property where Giusti Wine was soon to be established. Giusti Wine came from the original Dal Col vineyard which dated back to 1945, the full name of the company is Società Agricola Giusti-Dal Col srl, Giusti Wine planted their first vineyard in 2002 and grow rapidly with them now having approximately 75 hectares.

Giusti Wine – Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Dry Tasting Notes

Aroma 👃 “Wonderful floral aromas, yellow and white floral with green apples on the aroma.”

Flavour 👅 “Smooth fizzy and warming, easy to drink with fruity, honey and floral flavours.”

This Prosecco Won a Silver Medal in the Spring Fling Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2021

The Taco & The Prosecco

Our Tacos were made with, corn taco shells, minced spiced beef, lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese and a spicy tomato salsa sauce.

The Taco & Prosecco Pairing – “The fruits flavours from the Prosecco turn down the spiciness from the Tacos and cleanses the palate, the Prosecco gives a honey floral character and rids the palate of any greasy texture, leaving a spicy tingly sensation at the tip of the tongue.”

Source for the Taco information here.

Oliver Walkey

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Writer, Focused on Bringing the Exciting and Fascinating World of Bubbly to You.