Doreen Colondres' Tips on Pairing French Wines with Latin Food

Miami-based chef Doreen Colondres, whose website The Kitchen Doesn't Bite and daily cooking segments on Fox’s Utilisma Network have made her a star in the Latin food sphere, has teamed up with the Bordeaux Wine Council to create a recipe guide that pairs Latin flavors with French wines.

Titled Viva Bordeaux, the guide shines a light on the reciprocal relationship between the food and wine history of the Bordeaux region and the influences – among them Basque and Spanish – that have shaped it.

“The main goal,” says Colondres, “is to educate people about the Bordeaux region and how its wines complement Latin food.”

To achieve this, Colondres, who is also a sommelier, created five unique Latin recipes and assigned each a Bordeaux wine pairing: mini arepas with avocado and aji amarillo tuna tartare are paired with a white Bordeaux whose citrus and herbal notes are highlighted by the dishes’ sweetness; bife de chorizo with mashed plantains and cilantro gremolata is paired with an elegant Margaux; and sweet plantain, banana and rum quesillo – a creamier version of flan thanks to the recipe’s use of fresh milk and milk powder in lieu of evaporated milk – is paired with a 2010 Barton and Guestier Passeport Sauterne. The latter’s well-balanced acid provides the perfect counterpoint to the sweetness of the quesillo.

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