The Argentines love their meat, but they also cherish their wine. It comes as no surprise that the country excels in both categories, some of the best beef and wine come from Argentina, and they’re amazing together.
Grilling is about community, about sharing the evening with friends and family in the backyard, and a good drink is fundamental to loosen everyone up. Beer and cocktails are OK, but wine takes the grilling experience to another level.
For Argentines, wine is not reserved for fancy dinner parties on clothed tables; wine is as laid back as a few steaks sizzling over the flame. The secret is choosing the right wine, and we’re here to help. These are the perfect wines for an authentic Argentine Asado.
Red or white?
Wine is a fabulous thing, red, white, or rosé, there’s a bottle for every occasion. When it comes to grilled meat, we’re mostly going for reds, but we’ll get there in a second.
White and rosé wines have a place in your outdoor dinner party too. Still, since they can easily be overwhelmed by the intense flavor of grilled meat, charred veggies, and fatty sausages, they’re better off enjoyed as an apéritif, to open your guest’s appetites and quench their thirst.
Find yourself a cherry-scented dry rosé or a citrusy white wine like a Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, or Pinot Grigio for a refreshing glass to start the evening with a bang. They’re great summer sippers and will lead the way for the more robust wines to come.
Red Wines for The Grill
Red wines come in all flavors and textures, and it’s the textures we’re more interested in today. Red wines have gritty particles that dry your mouth, tannins, and tannins are great for red meats because they bind with the proteins and fats in beef, making both the wine and the meat taste better.
Since meat is the order of the day, we want robust red wines with plenty of tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, and its relative Cabernet Franc are always elegantly structured and bold enough to tackle even the smokiest of grilled cuts. Syrah (also found as Shiraz) is weighty enough, too, and has a natural black pepper aroma that mirrors the meat flavors nicely. For the most original experience, though, we have to talk about Malbec.
The King of Argentine Red Wines
Malbec is the most famous red grape in Argentina, originally from a small town in Southwest France, it found in Argentina a new home and has thrived marvelously.
Malbec’s signature aromas of blackberries, plums, and violets make it a crowd-pleaser, and it doesn’t disappoint on the palate. Round, thick tannins coat your mouth and extend through a long finish.
Malbec can be young and fruit-forward or oak-aged and contemplative; there are no two bottles alike. What they all have in common is a delectable juiciness that screams for red meat, and that’s just what the doctor ordered.
And for a Strong Finish.
Turn your outdoor dinner party into a true celebration with a bottle of sparkling wine. The sound of the popping cork alone is enough to cheer everyone up to keep the party going after the sun goes down. There’s something special about the fine streams of bubbles rising to the surface in the glass; they draw smiles on everyone’s faces.
That’s it right there, the perfect way of making wine part of your grilling game. Wine belongs in your backyard parties because where good friends get together, there’s always a reason to have a toast.