Malbec: meat's best friend at the table

05 October, 2007

Bodega Catena Zapata's Alta Malbec 2004 has been voted the best Malbec to have with meat.

Eleven judges, including OLN's wine editor at large Tim Atkin MW, tasted through the 14 finalists - Malbec and Malbec blends - from regional heats during the final of the Malbec Made for Meat competition.

In a blind tasting at Gaucho Piccadilly restaurant the judges rated each wine's compatibility with pork, lamb and beef.

Viña Doña Paula's 2005 Malbec won the best with pork category while Gouguenheim Malbec 2005 and Catena Malbec 2004 were jointly voted best with beef.

Bodega Catena Zapata's Alta Malbec also won the overall meat category and was the best with lamb.

James Forbes, UK director of Wines of Argentina, the organiser of the event, said: "Food and wine matching is a tricky thing at the best of times and general principles are hard to pin down, but I think we've proved beyond reasonable doubt that when it comes to meat, a good bottle of Malbec is hard to beat."




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