Malbec and steak: a legendary pairing. This idea is so prevalent that it’s often the only dish people think to serve with a bottle of this amazing wine. That’s a shame since malbec is an incredibly versatile wine. Malbec food pairing ideas run the gamut. This holds especially true for organic malbec wine. Here are some foods that bring out malbec’s best characteristics.
Let’s cover the obvious first. Here, the juiciness and strong flavor of the meat highlights the bold, deep flavors of the wine. You can quickly find yourself alternating bites and sips as meal and wine absolutely bring out the best in each other.
Malbec combines deep fruit tastes with spicy accents and a velvety texture. That means it’s perfect for flank steak grilled very hot on an open-top grill. You want that smoky taste to set off the malbec’s deeper, lingering notes.
It takes a red with a strong sense of character to hold up to blue cheese. The combination of juicy meat, the way blue cheese makes your mouth water, and the fruit and spice notes in malbec combine for an incredible meal. Just a bit of red onion on the burger can even help engage your nose, which will benefit from malbec’s blackberry aroma. (And raw onion on a burger… you cannot go wrong ever!)
Prepare this in a slow cooker. The best part of malbec is that almost nothing can overpower it. You really want those flavors in the pork to be strong. Don’t be shy with barbecue sauce – unlike some lighter red wines that get lost in too much flavor, malbec benefits from some spice.
What about vegetarians and vegan malbec food pairing ideas? There’s plenty here that goes with malbec. A good stuffed red pepper with wild rice and mushrooms is an ideal match. Don’t skimp on the oil while cooking. That little bit extra helps the dish hold up well to malbec’s tannins.
Any Kind of Potato
Baked potatoes? Potatoes au gratin? Tartiflette? Potato skins? French fries? Potatoes and malbec are a match made in heaven. The best part is, you don’t need to worry about what you put on your potatoes. Sour cream? Organic malbec wine pairs extremely well with cream flavors. Melted cheese? Malbec does particularly well with blue, provolone, mozzarella, and swiss. Barbecue sauce? Malbec benefits from the way the spice engages your taste buds. Ketchup? Malbec is one of the few wines that holds up just fine.
Even More Ideas!
This list goes on. Try these other ideas:
- Chili (the spicier the better)
- Spaghetti with meatballs
- Roast beef and horseradish sandwiches
- Beef burritos
- Lamb and mint
- Lamb curries
- Beef stews
- Sausages that are heavy on garlic or spiciness
- Borscht (wait, what? Yes!)
- Very dark chocolate
Who’s hungry – and what’s on your malbec menu?