A Minervois is Very Good with a Minced Beef and Root Vegetable Stew

2014-11-06 18.01.45We enjoyed a home-made warming beef stew that was perfect for a November evening.

We cooked minced beef with carrots, turnip, swedes, potatoes, onion, beef stock , bouquet garni, bay leaves and basil.

Lighter stews like this often pair well with medium-bodied French reds and so we opened a bottle of Benjamin Darnault Minervois 2012, a southern French red blend of Grenache and Syrah from Naked Wines.

We enjoyed the wine’s red fruits and a slight sweetness that had an affinity with the root vegetables.  There was also a little spiciness on the finish.

We thought the wine was a very good match with the stew.

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