There was an out of the way Mexican restaurant called Accents, which was in a converted house, that you could pass by, if you weren’t paying attention. The building was painted black and recessed among some other businesses, so it hardly stood out on a busy road. If you discovered it, then you had found a unique restaurant. Most restaurants of this genre are more Tex-Mex or as I like to say Mexican food for Americans.
Accents was a different experience for a Mexican restaurant, and you had better like spices, because they had a heavy hand using spices. They also liked the heat turned up in their dishes. Starting from the salsa and chips that were brought out, almost every dish had hot spices. They also had some of the greatest mole sauce we had ever encountered. Mole sauce is made with Mexican chocolate, but do not think that it is sweet, if it is made well, there is fire in that sauce.
Consequently because of the “hotness” of certain dishes, most people drink Margaritas or beer with this type of cuisine. We discovered a Spanish wine that was extremely pleasant with the food we always ordered. It was simply labeled La Mancha Red Table Wine by Longevo. La Mancha is the largest continuous vine growing district in the world. There are over 300 wineries licensed to be listed as Denominacion de Origen, which is the Spanish regulating system. By law the wines can be Cencibel (also known as Tempranillo), Garnach, Moravia, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. As you can see there is a wide range of tastes that can be found in La Mancha wines. This wine worked very well with the spices and made the dinner all that much more enjoyable.