One of my favorite, easy meals to make is making chicken in a crockpot with salsa. I shred the chicken when it’s done and use it throughout the week. I’ll put it on salads, in tacos, on flatbread, etc… I’ll usually choose a salsa that I haven’t tried before. It’s a different one each time. Tonight, I chose Trader Joe’s Roasted Tomatillo and Mango Salsa. After putting everything in the crockpot on low for about 6-7 hours, I put it on top of a salad with tomato, avocado, cheese and Brussels sprouts.
To go with the shredded mango salsa chicken, I paired a 2015 George DuBoeuf Beaujolais-Villages. Beaujolais (Village just means that it is of a higher quality grape than the basic) is a wonderfully versatile grape because it acts like both a white and a red grape. It can be served chilled due to it’s lighter and sweeter flavors, and can pair with almost anything. If you don’t know what foods you are making for the week or if you are bringing wine to a dinner party, Beaujolais will pair with almost anything.
The 2015 Georges DuBoeuf was a beautiful, medium ruby color. Unfortunately, it’s gorgeous complexion was not captured in the photo. It smelled like a strawberry-cherry vanilla almond milk smoothie with a touch of baking spices. No, it certainly didn’t taste like a smoothie, as it is clearly a dry, medium tannic wine, but similar flavor notes. Yes, vanilla almond milk sounds weird in a wine, but vanilla, almond, and dairy flavors come from spending time in oak barrels.
4 grapes I rather enjoyed this pairing! The fruity notes of the wine were in full bloom with the help of the mango salsa and the avocado. The cheese on the salad blended well with the vanilla almond milk flavor from the wine. The Brussels sprouts do well with the baking spices. All of the flavors from the food and wine just went so well together! What would have made it better? Cold, crunchy, romaine lettuce does not do well with this meal. The texture is all wrong. For my leftovers, I might make some spaghetti squash or heat up some spinach. To see more pairings of Beaujolais, visit one of my previous posts.
Wine: 2015 Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais-Village (Beaujolais, France)
Store: Harris Teeter ($13)