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Guacamole And Wine Pairing

It's Not Easy Being Green

Guacamole is green in more ways than one. Though many of us serve dips to our guests along with the more hearty appetizers, the guacamole redeems itself as it is made with fresh vegetables, herbs, and lime juice. This makes it popular among the crowd who prefer to eat foods that are natural and do not contain dairy or anything artificial.

With that said, it's easy to make guacamole with fresh ingredients rather than buying it pre-packaged. You'll have to discard the container or jar it came in which should be recycled. But why bother, it's not worth carrying it home. Making it fresh takes less than 10 minutes.

Easy Guacamole Recipe

guacamole Just dice up a tomato, slice the avocado and put it in a bowl, drop in a clove of garlic, then mash it all lightly with a fork, add salt and pepper to taste, remove that chunk of garlic that didn't get mashed, and then serve.

Keep it chunky so you can enjoy the richness of the avocado. It's just that easy!

Guacamole and the Avocado

California Hass avocado has a creamy texture and a somewhat nutty flavor. There are also Florida avocados but they have more of a watery texture and may have fewer calories than a Hass avocado.

It is said that the California avocado is to a Florida avocado as ice cream is to ice milk. Creamy and nutty are more desireable when making guacamole, so do choose the Hass avocado if they are available in your market.

Pairing Wine With Guacamole

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Serving the the guacamole on its own, and not as a side dish with a main course, you could pair a crisp, dry white wine.

When pairing wine with guacamole keep in mind this dish has a richness from the avocado, and then there is the lime juice making the dish piquant. These two flavors can be difficult to pair with just one wine. The wine needs to be rather full and rich, but the lime juice has the acidity so you'll need a wine that will be crisp and refreshing.

You may find a wine that will have just the right richness or the right crispness, but they might be competing with each other.

Here are a few suggestions for guacamole wine pairing:

A Sauvignon Blanc might be an obvious choice because of its herbal character, or a Pinot Gris for it's acidity.

A rich, full bodied, Chardonnay from California might be your choice which will balance the richness of the avocado. However, an oaked Chardonnay may taste bitter with the guacamole and in turn make the avocado taste sour.

If you enjoy sparkling wine, try a Cava or Prosecco. The bubbles will act as your palate cleanser. Also try a Vinho Verde from Portugal which has nice acidity and there are a few that are light and have a slight fizziness.

Unexpectedly, an off-dry white such as Vouvray or Riesling just might make you want to keep crunching on those chips and dip.

Remember "ItÂ’s all a matter of taste!"

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Did You Know?

The Avocado is a fruit, not a vegetable as many of us think.

It has no sodium and no cholesterol and has only 5 grams of fat per serving which is mostly mono-unsaturated fat.

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