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What food to pair with Malbec

Malbec has become so popular it may have become one of your favourite red wines but what are the best kind of dishes to pair with it?

Given most of the bottles we see come from Argentina, steak might seem the obvious answer but there are lots of other dishes it would work with too. Here are some pairings you might not have thought of.

Wine pairings with malbec

Young, fruity malbecs

Smoky cured beef
Charcuterie, especially flavourful terrines
Chilli con carne
Spaghetti and meatballs
Spaghetti bolognese (made British/American-style rather than a classic Italian ragu)
Beef burritos
Burgers (OK, that’s steak, I know!)
Medium hot lamb curries like rogan josh
Dishes with a plum compote
Dishes with beetroot such as a salad of smoked eel, beetroot and horseradish.

Heavyweight malbecs (more expensive, full-bodied malbecs of 14%+)

Steak, obviously and . . .
Roast beef or venison
Barbecued lamb, beef or pork - it particularly suits smokey, chilli-based rubs
Lamb tagines with prunes
Beef teppanyaki
Steak and hot game pies
Aubergine bakes
Farmhouse cheddar
Dark chocolate (a controversial one, this but some people argue that a ripe lush Malbec works well with a chocolate dessert. Not totally convinced myself.)

More rustic styles of malbec such as Cahors and Cot

7 hour braised leg of lamb
Lamb shanks
Braised beef stews or shortribs especially with smoked bacon (Malbec’s also a good wine to add to a stew)
Pot roast pheasant
Duck confit
Cassoulet and other pork and bean dishes
Flavoursome sausages with garlic
Cheeseboards (barring lighter cheeses like goats cheese and stinkier ones like Epoisses. As Evan Goldstein points out in his excellent book Daring Pairings, Malbec works surprisingly well with more mellow blues like Barkham Blue or Stilton - though not, I think, with Roquefort)

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