Taco Truck Wine Tasting ~ domaineLA and Mariscos Jaliscos teamed up for some serious street food and wine pairings like rosé and fried shrimp tacos! featured post *tasteologie

Taco Truck Wine Tasting ~ domaineLA and Mariscos Jaliscos teamed up for some serious street food and wine pairings like rosé and fried shrimp tacos!

August 22nd, 2011

domaineLA continued their Sunday tasting series by teaming up with Bill Esparza of Street Gourmet LA and inviting Mariscos Jaliscos up to West Hollywood for some brilliant wine pairings.  I've been hooked on Mariscos Jaliscos's shrimp tacos ever since trying them at the LA Street Food Fest and was excited by the prospect of combining wine with their amazing food.  It was a great chance to responsibly enjoy some street food and wine in a city without go-cups.

Mexican seafood and (mostly) Spanish wines made for a fantastic Sunday afternoon!
The interior of domaineLA was clearly designed with tastings in mind. The wine racks line the perimeter and leave a big open space in the middle for mingling and sipping.
Looking up you can see their giant lamp covered ceiling.
The wine isn't allowed out of the shop, so we brought the food in. In addition to the renowned shrimp tacos they served a ceviche which was wonderfully light and flavorful.
They also served their version of chili which was very spicy even though the avocado and cucumber helped alleviate some of the burn.
The shrimp taco was paired with the 2010 Bielsa Rosado of Garnacha and the 2009 Alodio Ribeira Sacra Mencia. The rosé was paired especially well, with its bright strawberry notes contrasting with the charred shrimp in the taco. The 2010 Benito Santos Albarino added a little citrus to the ceviche.. almost like squeezing a lime on top. It was like the wine was a condiment and it worked really well with its dish. The 2009 Basajuan Cidre is a big bold cider made from a dazzling array of apples and it held its own against the enormous flavor of the chili. The cider is a little funky and has an almost medicinal component to it which is sure to make you feel strongly about it one way or another.
Mariscos Jaliscos and domaineLA made for a fascinating combination. It hints at an entire world of standing around food trucks taking secretive swigs from brown bagged bottles of wine... in the meantime though I can only hope for more tasting events creating intersections between California's great street food scene and its wine one.
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