This is the fifth of an ongoing series of wines and food pairings
Wine, it's the perfect beverage for a romantic dinner, a go-to for a casual get-together/party and a holiday meal is complimented by it. Whether it's a meal for two, a small party for friends or a gathering of family, having the right wine elevates the occasion.
And while most people follow the basic rule of thumb - red wine for beef and white wine for chicken - selecting the right wine can still be challenging. What KIND of red for that roast beef? Or, What KIND of white for that lemon chicken dish? Does dessert call for a different wine?
The choices are many and can be intimidating, with the reds there's Merlot; Cabernet Sauvignon; Zinfandel; Syrah/Shiraz; Malbec; Pinot Noir; Nebbiolo; Sangiovese; Grenache and all kinds of red blends to choose from.
With the whites there's Chardonnay; Sauvignon Blanc; Moscato; Pinot Grigio; Riesling; Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Torrontes, Albarino and yes, white wine has it's share of blends as well.
So you walk into the liquor store in need of a bottle of wine for a dinner date or special occasion...
Sure, you can rely on the store attendant to help you with a selection but that can be hit or miss. A good attendant will ask you if you prefer wines on the sweeter or dryer side and what you might be pairing it with. But keep in mind the attendant's palate is different than yours, their sweet and dry preferences are different than yours and they might try to push a particular brand on you that's in the store's best interest, not yours. So why not walk in the store knowing what you need? That's what this guide is for, to help you with food pairings, what is sweet, what is dry and getting a good wine for under $15 a bottle. That's the Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly thing to do, get something nice, without paying too much for it.
For previous reviews, click on the link below:
- The first wine and food pairing article featured Merlot.
- The second article featured Cabernet Sauvignon.
- The third article featured Zinfandel
- The fourth article featured Syrah a.k.a. Shiraz
Today's featured wine: Malbec
According to Wine Folly, Malbec has been a popular blending grape in France for years, but thanks to Argentina, Malbec has become popular in it's own right. This is a very fruity wine with a deep purple color and full body. Carrying notes of blackberry, black plum, and black cherry, the wine also has savory notes such as black pepper, spice, sweet tobacco and cocoa. Typically higher in alcohol content than other wines it also has a short finish, to mean it doesn't stay on your tongue long. Because of that short finish, Malbec pairs well with leaner meats like a flank steak rather than a ribeye. Pork loin dishes are a nice pairing as is poultry with dark meat and leaner cuts of lamb. Game meats such as bison, venison and ostrich are also good. For folks seeking lighter fare, Malbec pairs well with goat and blue cheeses. Mushrooms are excellent with this wine as are stuffed peppers. For dessert, think chocolate desserts and/or salty caramel. Serve Malbec in a wide bodied glass to take full advantage of the fruity aromas. And like other red wines, serve it slightly chilled, at 60 - 65 degrees (refrigerate for about 30 minutes before serving). And you've heard the phrase, "Let the wine breathe?" Malbec benefits from decanting (that means pour the wine out of the bottle and into a decanter for those of you who live in Haysville). Go with a Malbec made in Argentina, that's where the best ones come from.
Bachelor on the Cheap Recomendation: Alamos Malbec - $10.99. Here's the description: Alamos Malbec captures the spirit and terroir of Argentina’s signature variety. Grown at high-level altitudes, our Malbec offers layers of dark cherry and blackberry with a velvety mouthfeel. This complex red wine pairs beautifully with a wide range of cuisine and is recognized for its pronounced freshness.
Next Up in the series: Pinot Noir