American’s restaurant traditions are built around French dining customs. This partially explains why we often want wine with dinner. That, and there’s nothing like a glass of wine to complement a dish. However it becomes particularly challenging with certain foods from countries that don’t have a tradition of drinking fermented grapes at the dinner table such as India and Mexica.
Jill Gubesch is the sommelier at Rick Bayless’s Topolobampo in Chicago. Rick Bayless put out the challenge and she has responded with suggestions for pairings. In her mind, “wine is absolutely the most perfect match for the complex, varied dishes Mexico’s classic cooks have turned out for centuries.”