July 27th, 2011
Cancun Mayan Tours: Wine and mole, matching flavors at the Xcaret Wine Cellar
We are at the Wine Cellar “Vino de Mexico” in Xcaret (Cancun Mayan Tours). As a good wine cellar, it is underground and so it has the perfect temperature to keep the wine. The space is so homely that sometimes we forget there are beautiful forest pathways and a lot of water activities outside…
Our guide is Carlos Miramontes, a young sommelier who talk us about the history of Mexican wine and how it is taking its place in the Mexican Cuisine. According to UNESCO -and millions of palates in the world- Mexican Cuisine is an Intangible World Heritage. One of the best Cancun Mayan Tours in Xcaret is to taste some Mexican flavors.
Carlos says that mole is a very special Mexican recipe. “The mole shows how diverse is the Mexican Cuisine. Many states from Mexico have their own version of mole: Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Puebla… Mole is a mix of flavors; it has at least 20 ingredients: chocolate, tortilla, dried pumpkin seeds, spices… Pairing mole with wine has several opinions, but I think it’s necessary to match it with a strong, intense wine”.
Here in the Xcaret Wine Cellar you can taste a delicious recipe. Just imagine it: Duck Medallions in Mole Poblano sauce served with slices of fried plantain and cambray onion flakes. We match it with a Nebbiolo Reserva Privada 2005. “This dish was designed to combine the strong flavors of the duck the lean and bold flavor of the magret meat with black mole, which is made of multiple ingredients and contrasting flavors”.
“The mole in itself is a complete dish, however, and being served alongside with this wine, highlights the many, many flavors they offer. Your taste buds move naturally from the sweet to the spicy, from the smoke to the flavor of chocolate”.
If you want to match mole with wine, the sommelier of Xcaret recommends Casa Grande Gran Reserva Cabernet – Shiraz, Casa Madero; Xaloc Tempranillo, Santo Tomás; Del Viko, Vinícola Torres Alegre y Familia, o el Icaro 2008, Sinergi VT. All of these Mexican wines are available at the Xcaret Wine Cellar “Vino de México”, which is called also the Mexican Wine Embassy. You can find here an exquisite collection of the finest Mexican wines, brought to you from more than 57 different wineries.