National Spicy Guacamole Day is November 14th, so why not take a break from fall and have some fun with this tropical delight? Avocados are native to Mexico and Central America and Aztecs were crushing guacamole with a molcajete as far back as the 16th century, so it’s about time this treat gets a day of its own. There are many twists on this Mexican classic and here are five of our favorite guacamole recipes, each one is partnered with a wine. Head to the market early to get the ripest avocados, get your mashing hand warmed up, and observe this culinary holiday with your closest friends and some terrific wine.
Gonzalez Byass NV Tio Pepe en Rama Palamino Sherry
Gonzalez Byass NV Tio Pepe en Rama Palamino Sherry is dry, not sweet. Its full mouthfeel and flavors of green apple and hazelnut are an excellent complement to Guacamole con Queso, made with the addition of blue cheese and almonds.
La Crema Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2013
La Crema Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2013 is rich in the mouth and features bright citrus notes on the finish. Its flavors of Meyer lemon, almond paste, and peach are a great match with Pear and Pistachio Guacamole.
Benziger Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Benziger Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2013 is bright and fresh on the palate, with flavors of honeydew melon, yellow grapefruit, and freshly chopped green herbs. It's the clear choice when making a classic and unfussy Hand-Mashed Guacamole.
Pieropan Soave Classico DOC 2014
Pieropan Soave Classico DOC 2014 offers zesty flavors of apple tart, lemon peel, and apricot with a hint of bitter almond. Its full texture cuts through spice and the strong acidity is a good foil to the tangy notes of Chipotle-Goat Cheese Guacamole.
Destello Cava Brut
Destello Cava Brut has just the right amount of creamy texture and yeasty notes to hold up to the smoky flavors and umami of Whitefish Guacamole, which is made with smoked whitefish and mayonnaise. Destello means “sparkle,” so what better way to celebrate?