The holiday season is here! That means busy nights, holiday parties, and guests in our homes. This recipe for Cheese Enchiladas from Jessica at Life as MOM is the perfect solution for the holiday dinner dilemma. It’s an inexpensive and tasty dish to make for a crowd. Just add some sides of rice, beans, and maybe a green salad, and you’re good to go. If you aren’t feeding a mob, you can certainly freeze one pan for use on another night.
Of course, a meal is always better with wine. Try pairing these cheese enchiladas with one of the following wines.
Cheese Enchilada Recipe and Wine Pairing
Comforting, cheesy, and simply delicious, this recipe for basic cheese enchiladas lends itself to a number of wine pairings (Corona aside!). For this dish, I’m looking at something to work not only with the oozy melted cheddar cheese, but also the sweet, tangy, and earthy enchilada sauce.
Rosé is an excellent match both for the sauce and the melted cheese and offers something refreshing to sip on in between bites. For reds, look for something fruit forward, with some peppery notes, and low in tannins. Tempranillo is a great match with its dark fruit and peppery flavors as is Rhone style Syrah and Grenache. But today we’re going to suggest just one variety, with five different versions, that will match this dish in terms of intensity, acidity, and flavor–Sangiovese.
Sangiovese: Di Majo Norante Sangiovese ~$10
A good value, this wine has intense cherry, ripe berry, with violet aromas and a hint of earthy leather in the background. The acidity is nice and tannins are low, and the wine is overall smooth and balanced for the price.
Sangiovese: La Carraia Sangiovese ~$11
With dark berries, strawberries, smoke and sweet spice, this full-bodied Sanviovese has big flavors, aromas and good acidity, but mild tannins, making it flexible with food. Another great value option and would make for a nice weeknight pairing for this dish.
Sangiovese: Falesco Sangiovese ~$13
This Sangiovese is pretty and elegant with strawberry and cherry aromas. Typical fresh acidity with some nice spice, this will marry well with the sweet and earthy flavors of the enchiladas and balance nicely with the melted cheese.
Sangiovese: Moris Morellino di Scansano ~$15
Darker with more earthy aromas, this Sangiovese shows some smoke, light oak, and spice along with dark cherry and strawberry. This is a darker and bolder expression of the varietal that is smooth and structured and would be a nice choice for a cold winter night to pair with the comforting earthy enchilada sauce.
Sangiovese: Seghesio Family Vineyards Sangiovese ~$28
For a domestic Sangiovese try this one from California with concentrated and fragrant red berry fruit and some baking spice. This is a bigger expression of the variety than its Italian counterparts but vibrant with nicely balanced acidity and smooth tannins. This is a nice one if you’re looking for something rich and a bit different to pair with this dish.