Clinko de Mayo: Salsa and Wine Pairings

Clinko de Mayo: Salsa and Wine Pairings

Cinco de Mayo is here—and it’s time to salsa. We’ve got three simple salsa recipes and their perfect wine pairings to help you fiesta until you siesta. Stop by Facebook and share your favorite salsa recipe! Cheers to “Clinko de Mayo!”

Veggie & Bean Salsa

This recipe is fit for a crowd and packed with veggies and beans! Wine Guide Melissa Kapper, who shared this recipe with us, says, “It’s not overly spicy, my kids love it, it makes a TON, and it keeps for a week or so in an airtight container in the fridge.”

Pair this recipe with our 2016 Caballeria de Luna, Penèdes White, Spain or our 2016 Spruzzi, Grillo Terre Siciliane IGP, Italy.

1 can each:
mixed veggies, drained
Mexican corn, drained
pinto beans, rinsed
cannellini beans or chickpeas, rinsed
black beans, rinsed
diced tomatoes with chilis

2 tomatoes, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1-2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
1 handful cilantro, chopped

1 bottle Italian dressing

Prep all ingredients and combine in a bowl. Melissa adds a bottle of Italian dressing for a zesty way to bring it all together. Serve with tortilla chips.

3-Ingredient Fruit Salsa

We love when our wine-loving customers step up to the pairing plate! This super easy, fruit-filled recipe comes from one of our Hosts, Angie Tarantino. It’s sweet, refreshing and about as simple as it gets!

Pair this recipe with 2016 Hoot, Symphony/Muscat of Alexandria, California or our 2016 Perique, Côtes du Rhône Villages, France.


1 green apple, cored and roughly chopped
1 quart strawberries, hulled
2 kiwis, peeled and halved

Pulse ingredients in a food processor to desired consistency, and serve with cinnamon-sugar pita chips.

Fresh Cherry Salsa

Looking for a sweet and spicy taco topper? Missa Capozzo, our Director of Sommology hand-picked a recipe for you that combines juicy fruits with red pepper jelly. Serve on top of pulled pork tacos for a flavor-packed Cinco de Mayo indulgence.

Pair this recipe with our 2016 Calamity Sue, Arroyo Seco Riesling, California.

1/2 cup red pepper jelly
1 tablespoon lime zest
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
2 cups pitted, coarsely chopped fresh cherries
3/4 cup diced fresh nectarines
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup chopped fresh chives

Whisk together red pepper jelly, lime zest, lime juice, and dried crushed red pepper in a small bowl. Stir in cherries, nectarines, cilantro, and chives.

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The most important rule to remember this Cinco de Mayo is that sweet loves heat. The spicier you go, the sweeter your wine should be. That means your white wines will shine, so chill them well, and enjoy!

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