2007 Reininger Malbec is delicious with beef

The Perfect Pair: 2007 Reininger Malbec and Beef

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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Preperation

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.

  1. Lillie
    Lillie02-24-2012

    I am by no means a wine coinsure but this sounds absolutely delicious. I personally like white wine but I have to admit red wine does go better with beef. Most red wines are dry though, is this one a dry wine as well? Does it have a sweet flavor? My husband will not drink a red wine that is not sweet. Thank you for the recipe as I said before it sounds lovely.

  2. Robert
    Robert02-25-2012

    Reading this just stimulated my appetite. I could almost smell the scent of simmering grilled steak, the kind of aroma I have ingrained in my head from when I pass by the local shopping plaza, which has an Argentinean Steak House. This makes me wonder whether Reininger Malbec makes for a good compliment to grilled steak, like the kind of meats they prepare at that popular restaurant chain, “The Knife. If so, I think I’ll ask for it next time I visit.

  3. Lorraine
    Lorraine02-26-2012

    I love white wine and have never really paid that much attention to reds. Now that I am reading so much about how red wine is supposed to help you with heart health I have been looking into trying different ones. My husband likes fruity wines that are sweet and most of them that I have tried are very bitter and dry. Can you tell me what this one is like?

  4. Rodger
    Rodger02-27-2012

    If red wine is supposed to be good with beef is there anything else it’s good with or is the rest of the food like fish and chicken better with White wine? I see a lot of people drinking wine with their Italian food but I have never really noticed a dominant one, which is better with pasta, red or white? I am a White fan myself because it seems to be more sweet.

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