Happy Texas Independence Day! The Texas Declaration of Independence was signed on this day in 1836, and ever since Texas pride has been going strong. There aren’t a ton of celebrations to attend or traditions to keep, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate all things Texas today, especially food and wine. Texans love our food, and the Texas wine industry is growing every year. We have a large variety of wines, from sweet to dry, so there really is something for everyone.
In honor of this day, we’ve put together a list of Texans’ favorite foods and wine pairings. First, check out our picks for a day’s worth of meals, from breakfast to dessert, and then keep perusing for more ideas so you can eat well anytime.
Eat Like a Texan
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and there are few things Texans love more than breakfast tacos, the state breakfast item of Texas. You can always go the mimosa route for breakfast, but if you want something with a little more heft, try a Tempranillo. The body won’t overwhelm the tacos, and the red fruit notes pair well with the traditional bacon or sausage often included. As an added bonus, Tempranillo grows incredibly well in Texas. It was first planted in Texas in the early 2000s and has quickly become one of the top red grapes in the state.
When I was a kid, I usually took my lunch to school, but always wanted to buy my lunch on Frito pie day. A bag of Fritos topped with chili and shredded cheese was just about the best lunch ever served in a cafeteria, and it’s still fun to eat today. If you’ve never had it (apparently it’s not a school cafeteria staple like I once thought it was), you definitely need to try it next time you make a pot of chili, Texas’s state food. Pair it with a juicy Zinfandel and your taste buds will be singing The Stars at Night.
For supper, it’s all about the brisket. Make sure to give yourself a heaping spoonful of potato salad, some green beans, a thick slice of Texas toast, and a basket of fried okra. To drink, try a Malbec. Since the brisket is so rich, it needs a wine with good body and just a touch of spice.
Last, but certainly not least, is dessert. Pecan pie is the state dessert of Texas, so that is what we shall have. There are a million different versions of this rich, sweet dish, but they all have one thing in common- the more pecans the better. Gamay or Pinot Noir are good options to pair because they both have a lighter body and not overly strong tannins. If you prefer a sweet wine for dessert, try a tawny port. The sweetness levels will match up nicely and Texas wineries know how to make some good port.
Even More to Eat and Drink
Since everything is bigger in Texas, we couldn’t stop with just one day of ideas. Check out our top picks for even more traditional Texas food and wine pairings.
Y’all have fun with this list and make sure to let us know what your favorite Texas food and wine pairings are. In the meantime, we’ll be at Whataburger.