A great pair with beef and wine

Cantena Malbec 2010, Mendoz
Cantena Malbec 2010, Mendoz
Kuti's of Wickham, Wickham Star Corner, Fareham Road, Wickham.

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It just so happens that next week two food and drink awareness campaigns take place.

Wednesday is World Malbec Day, and the Great British Beef Week starts on Sunday (April 21).

Malbec and beef are one of the great food and wine combinations, so it would make sense to have a bottle of Malbec to hand to celebrate British beef.

Malbec has its origins in Bordeaux, but it’s not Argentina’s flagship grape, with its heartland in the Mendoza region.

It can produce deep coloured wines with black fruits, chocolate and a plush texture.

The Co-operative Premium Malbec 2011, Mendoza (£6.99 from £8.99 until April 23) is cracking value for money while on offer.

It has fresh red and black fruits with a little spice on the nose, and there’s more of the same fruit on the fleshy palate.

Cantena Malbec 2010, Mendoza

From one of Argentina’s leading producers and Malbec specialists, this has ripe black fruits.

There are also plums, some vanilla, chocolate notes and spices. This is followed by a rich, plush mouthful and a long finish. It’s lovely wine that deserves a simply-cooked, well-aged piece of beef.

Waitrose £9.74 on offer from£12.99 until April 30, Majestic £12.99 or £9.99 if you buy two bottles.