So I've joined a wine club over on Bakespace. It's a lot of fun and I'm learning about wine in a nice mellow environment. What we do is every month someone picks a type of wine, everyone goes out and grabs a bottle (or two or three) and then writes a review about it. I figured I should post them here (plus I saw Spryte doing it. Heh), maybe with some links to any of my recipes that I think would go well with them or that I used some in.
I know a couple of the folks who post here know about wine and hopefully will share their knowledge with me. Now, bear in mind, I'm not a wine guy. I love drinking and tasting wine, but I don't really know the terminology or anything like that. So don't expect me to... well, know what I'm talking about. That's the whole point of the club, to learn whats what. And to enjoy ourselves, of course. So without further ado, here is one of my reviews for the November wine: Malbec. I have three reviews, but I'm not going to put them all into one post. I really don't think anyone is going to want to read all that at once. You'll notice there is a format to them, it's how Babette over at Bakespace set it up, so that's how I'm keeping it. This is my very first one, so please, be gentle.
Short intro from the wine maker about the wine: Made from grapes grown on the eastern slopes of the pre-Andrean mountains of Mendoza. The Cantena family has been making wine for over 100 years. All vineyards are hand-harvested. Good with chicken, lamb, grilled vegetables or pasta.
Review: Very dark in color, not a lot of body. Sharp and pretty acidic, but not harsh. Strong flavor, slightly fruity, a bit of a metallic aftertaste. It has a good start, but very little follow up. I would call the finish clean, if not for the metallic flavors. It's not the best red I've ever had, but it was good.
Would you buy again?: Yes
Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: It would be good with/in a red or pan sauce. For meats I would think beef (like pot roast) or lamb, stuff with strong flavors. It would need something that could stand up to it, no gentle or mild stuff. I could easily see drinking it with smokey, grilled things (or bacony pulled chicken). I bet it would be good with smoked cheese, although I didn't have any to try with it.