Malbec Mania

February 20th, 2009 by Jeff

Featured in today’s show:

  • Renacer Punto Final Malbec 2007 from Argentina (~$13)
  • Clos La Coutale Cahors (Malbec) 2006 from France (~$17)

Recommended food pairings from The Som:

  • OK kids, I’m not going to pretend this is something I make everyday, but I can guarantee you that come spring this is on my short list of things to try.  One of the things I really enjoy doing is coming up with recipes that I think will work really well with some of the wines Bovee and I discuss.  This is recipe for duck is not for the beginner, but the only part of the preparation I really was concerned about was the walnut oil.  I’ve never went looking for walnut oil, but I have to believe that any international market or upscale grocery store should carry it.   Anyway, if you’re going to try to make this, the walnut oil may be the least of your worries.  Though the Punto Final would work, this recipe is geared towards the Clos La Coutale.  In the business we refer to this a “regional pairing.”  Drink the wine of the region with a classic dish of the region.  Here in Minnesota, we might enjoy a walleye sandwich with a Summit EPA, and frankly I’m not sure if anything sounds better.  In southwest France, you have a garlic and walnut duck breast paired with a rich and smooth wine of the same region.  Bon appetite!

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