Spanish and Argentinian Reds Are Reasonable with Beef Stroganoff

We had some foodie friends stay for the weekend and enjoyed some good food and drink experiences with them.

This evening we started with Breaded Mushrooms with a Yoghurt and Garlic Dip, followed by Beef Stroganoff from Supercook.

We had an already-opened bottle of Blaxland Estate Shiraz 2011, an Australian red from Tesco.  The wine’s warm spicy fruitiness coped reasonably well with the contrasting flavours of the mushrooms and dip.  Not a brilliant match, but probably better than expected.

We believe Beef Stroganoff to be a challenge to pair with wine and our 25 Sept 2010 post explains why.  We started with a bottle of Antano Gran Seleccion Rioja 2009, a medium-bodied Spanish red from Tesco, blended from Garnacha and Tempranillo. We all agreed it was smooth with raspberry and subtle black cherry flavours and that it went quite well with the meal.

Our next wine was Bodega Monte Real Malbec/Shiraz 2011, a medium-bodied Argentinian red also from Tesco.  We detected violets on the nose and smooth chocolate and black cherry flavours on the palate.  We agreed it was reminiscent of Milka chocolate. It was OK with the Stroganoff, but better drunk on its own.

We are still looking for a stunning match with Beef Stroganoff.

 

 

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