Pairing Malbec with food
The 17th of April marks World Malbec Day and in celebration of this we take a look at food that pairs well with this varietal.
Before tackling the pairing it’s important to consider the flavours typically found in Malbec. These may include blackberry, blueberry, cocoa, citrus, black pepper, and a general smokiness. You can match the wine with food by selecting similar or contrasting flavours.
Ingredients That Work with Malbec
Select a base ingredient that is likely to partner well with the Malbec. Recommended base ingredients include beef, lamb, veal, pork, smoked salmon, tuna, chicken, duck or sausage. When preparing these ingredients, the best cooking techniques include grilling, roasting, smoking, or barbecuing.
Another method you can use to effectively pair the wine with food is by incorporating bridge ingredients into your dish. For example, herbs, sauces, and other ingredients that enhance the base ingredient can create a bridge to help the wine connect with the food. Bridge ingredients that help a dish pair with Malbec include blackberries, blueberries, dried fruit, mushrooms, sun dried tomato, balsamic vinegar, beets, bacon, aged cheeses, onions, and mustard.
Don’t forget the food and wine pairing principle that says, “If it grows together it goes together.” In other words, if you’re going to drink Malbec pair it with a dish you would find in an area where Malbec is widely produced, like Argentina.
Visit Ultra Liquors and discover the different Malbec wines we stock. Happy cooking!