The best food pairings for Mencia
When I scoured the website for existing pairings with mencia I was amazed how many dishes I’d suggested it with. It really is an incredibly versatile food wine.
For those of you who are not familiar with it it’s a grape variety which is grown in the Bierzo and Ribeira Sacra regions of north-west Spain and produces a vibrantly juicy red that reminds me of Beaujolais with a dash of Loire cabernet franc.
I talked about it recently when I was being interviewed by the Wine Society (they sell the Luna Beberide Mencia which you might want to try if you’re a member) then remembered there wasn’t a post on the website. Hopefully this remedies that!
Top food matches for mencia
Cecina is a really delicious deeply savoury cured smoked beef from the same region as mencia and goes brilliantly with it as you can see from this match of the week. So does chorizo and rough country hams
Almost any kind of grilled meat especially pork and lamb
Which makes it a good wine for a barbecue. That also applies to spiced meat like kebabs or these seftali
The Spanish are not renowned for their vegetarian dishes so I’m thinking meat here. Robust dishes of pork and beans for example.
Again from the area they have these delicious tuna and red pepper pies called empanadas. Mencia would be good with the smaller Latin American version too
Mencia is a good all-rounder with cheese but especially hard sheep cheeses which are what you tend to find in the area.
I suggested mencia as a pairing with this warm lamb salad with a pea, mint and feta cheese dressing. It would be great with other warm salads too.
Pizza and pasta
Almost any kind of pasta with a meaty sauce. Spaghetti and meatballs for example. It’s the perfect pizza wine too.
I know there are a lot of other great pairings for roast turkey but a vibrant mencia works surprisingly well with all the sides as I discovered one Christmas.
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