Ahhh Malbec – a delicious medium to full-bodied red wine which stains even the whitest of teeth. With its pitch-black coloration, this versatile wine is becoming a fast favorite of connoisseurs the world over. Rich in tannins, this grape variety (one of the six allowed to use in the creation of Bourdeaux wines) can be found around the world including countries such as France, Argentina, Chile, and even in the United States of America – notably Washington State, California, and Oregon – but Argentina is most often credited due to its ideal climate for growing this particular grape variety.
But what should a host or hostess serve with this robust wine? What kind of foods and cheeses pair well with this “rustic merlot” – samples which will leave guests in awe at your ability to mix and match flavors, textures and compliment even the most sensitive palate? Don’t worry Springfield, Missouri – we gotcha covered.
Cheeses Which Go With Malbec
Malagon with rosemary, manchego reserve, roquefort, stilton, and other blue cheeses such as gorgonzola, camemberte, and brie. Let’s not leave out iberico, taleggio and even a good old farmhouse cheddar.
Foods Which Go with Malbec
Chili con carne,
Spaghetti with meatballs,
Steaks and burgers,
Pork (smoked or seasoned with a dry rub)
Dark poultry meat such as pheasant,
Garlicky and smokey flavors bode well with this particular wine, as well as leaner red meats. Argentinian food, Mexican carne asada, meaty Italian food (lay off the cream), and spicy Indian foods all compliment and go well with Malbec. Spices such as garlic, cumin, and paprika are excellent choices in seasoning for a meal you plan to pair with this delicious wine. In fact, charcuterie boards and certain smooth blue cheeses all bring out the notes in the wine while enhancing the flavors of the food.
Whether you are throwing a dinner party, having a girls’ night in, or simply wanting to treat yourself to a nice homemade meal, wine and an evening on the couch with Netflix, Malbec wine – with its dark color and magenta rim – is always a good choice unless you are having milk chocolate or sushi along with it.