WINE: Catena Alta Malbec
WHY? Rich foods and intense wines work well together
Venison is one of my favourite meats, but I don’t get to eat it very often. Not only can it be tricky to find unless you have a local farm shop, it’s also pretty pricey too (I paid a tenner for two steaks). The season is slowly drawing to a close, so if you want to get your hands on some head out sooner rather than later!
I love the rich, gamey flavours it exudes and decided to showcase it with some simple sides. Here it’s served up with some potato dauphinoise, braised red cabbage and a red wine sauce.
It didn’t take me long to choose my venison wine pairing… For one of my favourite meats, only one of my favourite wines would do.
It’s not a secret that I’m a big fan of the standard Catena Malbec (£13.99, Waitrose), but for an extra special treat the Catena Alta Malbec adds an extra level of complex flavours and elegance. It’s the perfect drink for a cold winter’s night, curled up by the fire, with a big plate of bambi.
Malbec has really hit the mainstream in the past few years and you can easily find a good example for around £8. Now, the name on many wine drinkers names lips – which once upon a time would have been Merlot – is Malbec. With its smooth, fruity and spicy nature you can see why. It’s pretty similar to Merlot, but like a supercharged version.
It’s the fruity and spicy nature of Malbec which lends itself to work well with venison and its accompaniments. Plus it’s got just enough oomph to stand up to venison’s richness.