This post is the first of its kind at MMTM headquarters. We want to venture outside our comfort zone of restaurant reviews and attempt a home cooked meal and the importance of the right wine to accompany said meal. Remember that time we introduced you to Tatiana Nessier, brand ambassador for Alamos Wines? We were smitten with Tatiana and intrigued by the Alamos wine portfolio, so a few weeks ago, I decided to have Mitch over for a quaint BBQ at my house while my Chilean husband grilled away to pair a perfect meal. My job was infinitely easier: ensure that all guests had their glasses fully quipped with Alamos Malbec, and make a decent attempt at playing the hostess with the mostess.
The meal was a traditional display of the usual suspects at any “parillada,” as they call it Chile, basically the South American version of a BBQ. With what seemed like an endless quantity of churrasco and spicy sausage we were ready to kick-start our meal.
The side dishes are equally as important in any parillada, so the meal was accompanied by white rice, a traditional Chilean salad (watercress, tomatoes and red onion) and pebre, a Chilean condiment made of coriander, chopped onion, olive oil, garlic and ground or pureed spicy aji peppers and chopped tomatoes. It’s really spicy and flavorful and I tend to want to drip it on anything on my plate although traditionally it goes on bread and empanadas.
However, the real star of this parillada was the wine that kept on giving. The Alamos Malbec is made with grapes at the foothills of the Andes Mountains at elevations of 5,000 feet. The terrain is weathered by intense sunlight, cool evening temperatures and mineral rich irrigation from mountain snowmelt. This translates into notes of rich, intense flavor like blackberry, spices, licorice, pepper, and hints of coffee grounds. Malbec from the valley floor can be more fruity and less complex. This particular Malbec was the prefect complement for our rustic meat meal given its intricate and full notes of flavor.
Experts agree that based on its concentration and flavor profile, the Alamos Malbec is an excellent alternative to the more traditional cabernets and merlots normally found in the area. So if you’re being adventurous, we highly suggest you head to your local wine store and snag a bottle. You can decide to get elaborate with the parillada at a later date, but the wine can’t wait, it’s #WineWednesday.
Also, pick up some berry tart to help highlight the notes of dark berries that are so prominent in the this Malbec and you’ll have a successful at home meal!
*This post was sponsored by our friends at E&J Gallo.