Bean Burrito with Wine

My grandmother has always been great for a good laugh.  I was in town visiting one evening and decided to take my boyfriend with me to pick her up from work.  We waited as she walked out of the casino and finally made her way to the car.  The minute she closed the door she belted out, "Man, what a night!"  I asked what was wrong?  She revealed she had eaten a bean burrito on her lunch break and had the most horrible gas.  She said, "I kept trying to find a quiet corner so I could pass gas but no one would leave me alone."  We laughed hysterically as she revealed such intimate details that most people are too shy to share.  And then in her classic unreserved style said, "I had so much gas, I could have flew to the moon without a rocket ship!"  By now I had to pull over the car from laughing so hard, tears were streaming down my face.  Here my cute little grandmother had found a way to embarrass everyone but herself.  I loved her so much in that moment because she was never afraid to be funny for fear of what others thought.  I have never forgotten that night, as it is such a great testament to my grandmother's witty approach to life.

Every so often I crave a good bean burrito.  I'm not talking about a bean burrito with a million and one ingredients inside.  Just beans and cheese with a hint of red sauce.  The wine you choose for a bean burrito will vary considerably depending on what you decide to throw in that puppy.  A classic bean burrito doesn't have a lot of overwhelming flavors so you'll need to choose a wine that isn't going to overpower it.  I prefer a glass of dry rose or Sauvignon Blanc with a bean burrito.  Both wines have enough body to stand up to the weight of the dish accompanied by crisp acidity to wash down the beans and cheese.  After a bite of the food and then a sip of the wine, the fruit flavors in the wine spring to life.  For a spicy beef bean burrito, you may want to go with a fruity red Zinfandel, fruity or young Rioja, or a fruity Shiraz.  Cheers!