What Sparkling Wine To Pair With Enchiladas

20th April 2022

What Sparkling Wine to Pair With Enchiladas

There comes a time in every day when you venture into the kitchen and find yourself wondering what to have for dinner, will you go for a quick and easy ready meal, will you place something in the oven and wait until it’s cooked or will you find something which you’ve never tried before and live just a little this evening, as always, the choice is yours.

If your set on having something tasty from a foreign country, then may I suggest ‘Enchiladas’, originating in Mexico, the Enchilada is a corn tortilla rolled around various meats, beans and veg covered with a savoury sauce and sprinkled with cheese.

When it comes to its origins, the tortilla dates all the way back to the Aztecs, they are the first to make a tortilla and stuff it full of various foods, at the beginning, fish was the common meat to eat in a tortilla.

In the native tongue of Nahuatl they would refer to them as ‘tlaxcalli’ it was the Spanish who arrived in South America that give it the name Tortilla. When searching for this specific dish, the Enchiladas were referred to as ‘chīllapītzalli’ by the Nahuatl’s, which is simply a combination of two of their words, ‘chilli’ which means chili and ‘tlapītzalli’ which means flute.

Enchiladas were mentioned for the first time in a Mexican Cookbook, El Cocinero Mexicano (“The Mexican Chef”) which was published in 1831.

The Sparkling Wine

Understanding and reciting the gifts from nature, Vinarstvo Horvat focuses on producing the best Sparkling Wine that they can, not sticking to one specific flavour each year, they allow nature to tell their story.

Their winery is located in Počehova, which are the slopes of the city of Maribor (2nd largest Slovenian city). Wine has been made in Maribor before the Roman Empire, vines were first planted by the Celts and Illyrians in 400 BC, it is also home to the world’s oldest vine which was planted around 450 years ago on Lent and it still grows grapes.

Vinarstvo Horvat – Penina Nyna Brut 2016 – Slovenia

Aroma 👃 “Green citrus Green apple flesh, pastry, floral and green pears on the aroma.”

Flavour 👅 “Soft, smooth and creamy texture, including ripe green fruits, green citrus, floral and chalky on the palate.”

This Slovenian Sparkling Won a Silver Medal in the Pastries Delight Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2021

Pairing Notes

Pairing Notes – “A harmonised pairing, creating a smooth and enhanced ripe fruity flavours, the dish is accompanied by ripe green and yellow fruits, along with floral and a touch of citrus, the sweetness from the onions and peppers are enhanced, then just after the mid-palate the savoury chicken flavours come back leaving strong after flavours with tomato and spicy notes on the top of the tongue.”


Information Credit: Wikipedia

Oliver Walkey

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