It’s Mardi Gras! Put on some beads, don a mask, and laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the good times roll.
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a terrific opportunity for chefs to showcase the best of Cajun cuisine. It is also an excuse for wine lovers to mix and match favourite wines with the hot-and-spicy flavours of the Bayou region.
Overall, white wines will be the most versatile for the majority of Cajun cuisine and Sauvignon Blanc is one of the best options you will come across. That doesn’t mean that reds are out of the question, something like a Pinot Noir or Shiraz would be a suitable choice.
It is hard to resist a sizzling bowl of gumbo filled with sausage, shrimp, or chicken. It is a Mardi Gras favourite and signature dish. And can handle either red or white wine.
If you are trying something seafood or shellfish based like catfish, shrimp creole, or a crawfish entree, stick with white wines. A Riesling or Gewurztraminer will work nicely with any Cajun seafood dish.
But, it’s OK to cheat on wine today! Try a Wild Hibiscus Flower Hurricane – they are amazing!