With the temperatures dropping, Mexican cuisine is a sure-fire hit to turn up the heat and keep you warm and toasty. Here, La Banderita have teamed up with Justine Schofield and GT WINE to showcase some deliciously authentic Mexican recipes and Australian wine pairings that are sure to warm you up this winter.
Enjoy recreating three winter warmer recipes by celebrity chef and Everyday Gourmet host Justine Schofield at home; all shared with delicious wine pairings chosen by our experts.
Founded in 1988, the family-owned La Banderita business was started by Veronica Moreno, who was inspired by traditional Mexican recipes and her grandmother’s legacy. La Banderita brings the authentic taste and texture of Mexico to Australia.
wine pairing: 2018 Tyrrell’s Old Hillside Shiraz, Hunter Valley, A$70
Hailed as Australia’s number one grape variety, there’s a broad range of shiraz and syrah from which to choose. When picking the right style to pair with food, the trick is to match the weight and complexity of the dish with the weight and complexity of the wine. In this case, a medium-bodied, cool climate, peppery shiraz will work well with the spicy flavours in the beef. From an iconic producer, the Tyrrell’s Old Hillside Shiraz is pleasingly aromatic, with plush red and black fruit on the palate, tempered with a fine vein of refreshing acidity.
wine pairing: 2021 Teusner The G Grenache, Barossa Valley, A$32
In general, Mexican food demands wines that aren’t fazed by a hit of chili and spice. When it comes to duck, pinot noir is traditionally the go-to wine, but in recent times, Australian grenache has really hit its straps and makes for an ideal match for this delicious Mexican version of Duck Ã l'Orange. Teusner’s juicy, aromatic drop – with its touch of spice and crisp acidity – happily complements the rich flavours of the duck in this spice-laden sauce as well as the extra tang of the citrus salsa. Serve this easy-drinking wine slightly chilled for the best result.
WINE PAIRING: 2019 Thomas Wines Two of a Kind Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Hunter Valley, A$23
Chardonnay is normally considered the perfect partner for grilled scallops, but not when chili is added to the equation. A fresh sauvignon blanc, with herbal and cut grass flavours, works well with salads, seafood and spicy dishes, but when combined with semillon, it can take on more complex dishes. This citrus-driven wine from Thomas is a unique blend of Hunter Valley semillon and Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc, which will marry well with both the scallops, the sweetness of the corn and the chili hit.
Deliciously authentic, La Banderita is renowned for its fresh, perfectly soft, restaurant-quality tortillas, fajitas and tacos, all crafted using traditional Mexican techniques passed down through generations. Available in a variety of size and pack combinations, you can purchase the range in Woolworths, Harris Farm, IGA, Costco, and a number of independent specialty stores and delis throughout Australia.