I never would have thought that I’d be championing a wine and food pairing post that incorporated the word “nacho.”
Now, don’t get me wrong; I enjoy a good plate of nachos as much as the next guy, and any nacho-flavoured snack is certainly welcome in my home. Generally, though, the nacho realm is viewed as being pretty lowbrow, and not really something one associates with the world of wine.
In saying that, I’m indeed sharing a nacho recipe in this post, and not only is it delicious and (Yup!) healthy on its own, but it’s actually fairly wine-savvy, too!
From Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows cookbook comes the “Life-Affirming Nacho Dip” I’m currently enamoured with. First off, the book is indeed full of awesome vegan recipes (stay with me here), and most of them build the kind of dishes that make your pals shake their heads in disbelief that what they’re voraciously devouring are actually vegan dishes.
The Nacho dip in question is mainly raw cashews, carrots, nutritional yeast, lemon, garlic, and a few other spices. I know, I know – why not use actual cheese?
Well, of course, that doesn’t fit everyone’s diet but, moreover, this is a dip you can healthily enjoy every day! It’s the nutritional yeast that adds the “cheesy” element, and the other aspects handily bolster and round it out.
SO. We’re here for wine, right?
Well, for me – my favourite wine to go with nachos is a rosé. Enough flavour to envelope any saltiness and heat.
This brings me to British Columbia’s Daydreamer Wines from the Naramata Bench. Owner and winemaker Marcus Ansems has recently crafted a pink wine that has left me smitten. Composed of Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah, it carries a complexity of red fruit, spices and a good mineral component – perfect for matching dishes that harbour complex flavours and textures. Just a hint of sweetness on the finish; really – just a teensy bit, perfectly carries any spice or heat that may be involved on the plate.
Also, the guy has recently been certified as a Master of Wine; there’s less than 300 of them on the planet. He knows wine, and all of his bottlings carry a knowing quality, from his breezy Pinot Gris to his dark and meaty Shiraz.
Do give this recipe a whirl, and check out Marcus’ wines. In fact, do it this week when the guy is generously offering any combination of a half-dozen Daydreamer wines with no charge for shipping.
There’s been a lot of fuss about Daydreamer wines as of late; find out what it’s all about!
Kurtis Kolt is a Vancouver-based wine consultant, writer, competition judge and enthusiast. Track him down at KurtisKolt.com, or on Twitter and Instagram @KurtisKolt.