The Perfect Pair: 2007 Reininger Malbec and Beef
When we talked about the flavor profile of Malbecs, we gave you some easy and loose guidelines for Malbec food pairings. If you recall, Malbec thrives in Argentina. As always, a good rule of thumb is to pair wine with food typical to the region the wine is from. So to put it all together, Malbec truly shines when paired with typical Argentinian cuisine such as grilled meats. This South American inspired grilled beef will shine when paired with the 2007 Reininger Malbec. Bon Appetite!
Grilled Beef Brochettes (Anticuchos de Lomo)- adapted from Gourmet, 2009
- 1 pound flatiron or blade steak, cut into 3/4-to 1-inch cubes
- 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons bottled ajíí panca paste (sometimes labeled “crema”)
- 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon minced onion
- 1/4 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
- Equipment: 12 (6-inch) wooden skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes
Toss steak with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a bowl.
Mince and mash garlic to a paste with a pinch of salt, then stir together with remaining ingredients and toss well with beef. Marinate, chilled, at least 1 hour.
Thread steak onto skewers, leaving a small space between each piece and transferring to a tray (discard marinade).
Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (medium-high heat for gas).
Oil grill rack, then grill skewers, covered only if using a gas grill, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes total for medium-rare.