What does one pair with Lagrein? Tacos!

If you’ve ever tried our Lagrein, you probably already know that it’s a delicious Italian red with black cherry and raspberry notes that absolutely delight! If you’ve tried to pair Lagrein with food, you’ve probably found that it’s an incredibly rare varietal that even the almighty Google knows little about. Luckily, we asked our Winemaker, Joe Benziger and consulted with our foodie friends to find the perfect pairing for this great wine – Tacos al Pastor. Enjoy!

Serves 4-6

Tomatillo Salsa
5 medium to large tomatillos, husked and halved
1 small white onion, quartered
2 jalapeno chilies, stemmed, seeded and quartered
1 cup cilantro leaves
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
2 TBSP lime juice
¼ TSP sugar
Salt to taste

Adobo Sauce
2 TBSP olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
½ TSP dried oregano
½ TSP ground cumin
1 canned chipotle chili in adobo sauce
10 dried guajillo chilies, stemmed, seeded and deveined
1 cup pineapple juice
1 TSP salt
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
3 cups water for blending, or more if necessary

Prepare Salsa: Cut the tomatillos in half and place cut side down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place under a broiler for about 5-7 minutes to lightly blacken the skin.  Place all items, but salt, in food processor (or blender) pulse until all ingredients are finely chopped and mixed. Season to taste with salt. Cool in refrigerator.
Prepare Sauce: Heat olive oil in large pan over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic until translucent, then add cinnamon, bay leaf, oregano, cumin, and chipotle and cook for 5 minutes. Add guajillo chilies, pineapple juice and season with salt. Cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes (until chilies are soft). Set aside to cool.
When cool, remove bay leaf and cinnamon stick, and add to food processor (or blender). Pulse until a smooth paste; add vinegar.

Pork AL Pastor
3 pounds pork belly (or pork shoulder)
10 corn tortillas

Prepare Pork: Heat oven to 375.  Cut Pork into 5 even slices. Rub each with adobo sauce. Place pork in large baking dish and pour the rest of the adobo sauce over the top and bake for approximately one hour (until pork is tender). Remove pork from pan and cut into slices.
Serve on tortillas topped with tomatillo sauce.

Pour a glass of Imagery Lagrein and be sure to pair with great company!























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