This post is brought to you by Alamo Wines and Kitchen Play. All opinions and words remain my own.
When Alamos wines asked me to create a dish to pair with their Malbec wine I became giddy with excitement. In the realm of popularity, Malbec is for red what Moscato is for white. Malbec grapes grow mostly along the foothills of the Andes mountain range of Argentina. Growing at elevations of 3,000 to 5,000 feet the grapes get tons of sunlight during the day and cool temperatures at night which lends to the wine’s bold, dark fruit flavors. Because of Malbec’s bold layers of flavors and natural acidity it’s a super versatile wine for food pairing, which makes it a perfect wine for entertaining. It’s so versatile you can cast those traditional food and wine pairing rules aside and dare to pair with something fun and new!
Tacos were the first thing that popped into my head when I was asked to pair something daring with Alamos Malbec. Normally the word taco makes you think of meat topped with cheese, salsa and guacamole and wrapped in a tortilla. When I was a kid, it was all about taco seasoned ground beef in crunchy corn shell. You know…your typical taco Tuesday taco. But, tacos can be so much more then just taco-seasoned ground beef. The taco possibilities nowadays are endless. Who says tacos can’t be fancy and fun?
After taking the first big whiff of the wine, I immediately got notes of blackberry and dark cherry, and I knew these were the notes I wanted to play with. I focused in on the blackberry that pairs well will both cinnamon and blue cheese. It sounds a little odd I know, but, stay with me.
I decided to rub the skirt steak with a fall spice mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and brown sugar. I also added some garlic powder and salt for savory notes and seared it in sage butter until crispy and caramelized. I then made a slaw of red cabbage; radicchio, pears and blackberry tossed in a dressing made with the Alamos Malbec. Wrap it all up in a warm tortilla with blue cheese crumbles and a pomegranate syrup drizzle. Cheers to fancy tacos!!
The tacos were amazing on their own, but paired with Alamos Malbec the blue cheese became smoother and the berries richer. Nothing was lost or overpowering, it balanced perfectly. Call it Taco Tuesday for grown ups!
This holiday season, when you are looking for a wine to pair with your fabulous appetizer spread, Alamos Malbec is the way to go. Its versatility makes it easy to pair and a crowd pleaser.