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Ania Smolec 26/10/2018


6 perfect food pairings to enjoy Merlot

Merlot is one of those strains that really allows us to develop an infinite list of dishes and flavors for pairings.

Merlot is one of those strains that really allows us to develop an infinite list of dishes and flavors for pairings. I invite you to prepare a delicious recipe and uncork your favorite Merlot.

Fruitful- so in one word we could describe the Merlot. Its predominant aromas are strawberry, raspberry, plum and cherry. But it has many other faces. It may have a cooler or complex side, depending on the climate and the soil where it grows. For example, Marques de Casa Concha Merlot is a very fine wine, medium-bodied and with a pronounced acidity, while Casillero del Diablo Merlot walks along the juiciest and most fruity side. It has a voluptuous body, but the flexibility and softness of its tannins allows us to drink it without delay.

Merlot, in addition, is a very versatile strain at the time of the pairings. But attention. It looks corpulent, but it is not so much. Treat her with delicacy. Avoid very pronounced sauces that attempt against its velvety character and roundness. Prefer berry sauces or reductions with the same wine. Favor light, fine and tasty dishes, which will highlight the softness of their tannins. Do not worry. There is a wide palette of gastronomic options at your disposal.

1. Pasta and starches

This variety is absolutely made to accompany pastas and pizzas. In the Italian kitchen, you can find sauces with ragout or meatballs, with lots of basil and oregano. Also, don’t be afraid to try pasta with several cheeses, like the classic quattro formaggi or macaroni and cheese. At home, I adore Trio Merlot with fetuccini and homemade pesto. And it is a delight. Do not forget the Greek Moussaka or the lasagna.

Casillero Merlot pasta

2. Meats

Again, Merlot is very versatile and serves to accompany many proteins, from fatty fish (salmon or tuna) and poultry to red meats. Everything depends on the preparation and the flavors. In the case of fish, choose the grill to give an extra layer of flavor for a red wine. And the other way around; for red meats, favor the pan. In addition, this strain loves all recipes with ground beef. A gourmet burger and Casillero del Diablo Merlot can be a dream for our palate.

3. Vegetables and snacks

If you have no idea what to prepare for a snack and less about what to uncork, do not get too involved. Be ready with a bottle of Merlot and a cold cut board and mature cheeses like Gruyère or Cheddar. I personally adore salami with Merlot. Try and then tell me if I’m right.

On the other hand, grilled vegetables (squash, sweet potato, onion, peppers, eggplant, tomato, mushrooms, etc.) are a very good option. They can be an excellent accompaniment to the meat or part of a vegetarian dish. Pour a marinara sauce next to the grilled vegetables and you will have a deconstructed ratatouille. Do not forget: grilled and smoked vegetables love Merlot.

Trio Merlot picoteo

4. Spicy

Because Merlot has a marked natural sweetness, it goes well with spicy dishes, such as a Tex-Mex chili con carne, an Indian tikka masala chicken, a Thai curry or a Creole jambalaya. A tip: if you are in the mood fora spicy dish, but do not have time to cook something oriental, choose your favorite protein, like grilled chicken cubes, and add a pinch of Chilean merquén. This fabulous Mapuche spice highlights the dish. It confers an entertaining hotness and deeper flavors. It goes perfect with Trio Merlot, which also has percentages of Syrah and Carmenere.

5. Oven

It literally goes very well with almost all kinds of roasted dishes, such as chicken legs, Christmas turkey, pork ribs, duck and meatloaf. My trick is to always put some bay leaves and sprigs of thyme and rosemary on top, plus some green and black olives. This wine food marriage with Merlot is so delicious.


6. The grand finale

If you are lucky enough to keep an older vintage of Marques de Casa Concha Merlot, prepare a more gourmet dish. The wine deserves it. It can be a roasted lamb or a Wellington filet. You can accompany your beef with sauces that contain thyme, wild mushrooms, truffles and berries. This way you make sure that the aromas and flavors interpret a true symphony.