Wine pairing is still something quite new for me. I do love both. But finding a perfect wine match for a meal is still tricky. It probably takes a lot of practice to get it properly done.
Despite it seems to have dos and don’ts to be followed when it comes to matching up, it doesn’t mean that it has to be so complicated.
The good news is that we can keep trying it for fun. Luckily, I had some fine deliveries from my favourite online wine shop this month to start my journey with some international variety.
The wine of my choice
A gorgeous Crios Malbec Rosé 2017 produced by the winemaker Susana Balbo in Mendoza, Argentina. If you know me, you will know Malbec is my favourite type of wine. I just don’t need excuses to pour a glass of Argentinian red every now and then.
Argentina has a well-known reputation abroad when it comes to the most-planted red wine grape, Malbec, that as introduced to the South America country in 1868.
And if you know your red well, you recognise Mendoza as a Mecca for red wine lovers. That’s where the Argentinian grapes make their magic.
However, I do confess that a Malbec Rosé stills intrigues me. So why not give it a go? Crios Malbec Rosé is a delicate dry wine with notes of strawberry and gooseberry. It’s refreshing and crisp. Perfect for a casual summer meal such as salads, and seafood. Remember this wine works better when served chilled.
The Food of my Choice
There is nothing fleshier than a fish meal when the temperatures start to rise. Despite not having the Mediterranean breeze at the Midlands, I have decided to recreate a popular dish at home – our special grilled salmon with roasted potatoes.
I usually use fresh ingredients to season the salmon fillets. This time, I have prepared it with some herbs (rosemary, paisley, onion and garlic ) and relied on my husband’s talent to make the best roasted potatoes in town to go with it. I swear these potatoes are made in heaven! Plus, I have also used some mushrooms and pepper and tomatoes salad as garnish.
When Grilled Salmon meets Malbec Rosé
It was a bit scary to try my first wine and food pairing. At the same time, I was pretty sure that salmon would be the best match for a glass (or two) of rosé. And I was right.
I liked the freshness of a grilled fish in combination with the fruity (but not so sweet) dry rosé. The roasted potatoes just gave a nice balance to the just enough acidity of this type of Malbec.
I guess I would have Crios Malbec Rosé again to share a glass with my girlfriends while grabbing some snacks or a cheese board somewhere in a hot weather.
* I received this product complimentary from Independent Wine for testing purposes.