Latin America has long been known to deliver wines with great flavors at affordable costs — Malbecs, blends, Rosés, and much more. Regions like Chile and Argentina offer up unbeatable quality and flavor.
You may be surprised to hear that Colombia produces some exceptional wine that hits on a variety of taste buds, too. But Colombian wine, made at the high altitudes of the Andes, is as notable and worthy of your time (and taste buds) as any others.
And what better way to enjoy them than with authentic Colombian cuisine? We’re talking arepas, patacones, yuca frita, carne oreada, and much, much more. If you don’t know what those things are, don’t worry — we’re about to serve up some knowledge!
When planning tonight’s dinner, consider one of the awesome Colombian food and wine pairings below! Dip your toes into Latin American culture and see what greatness it has to give.
Red Wine and Posta Negra Cartagena
Posta negra cartagena is a fresh, hearty beef entrée that perfectly exemplifies the variety of flavor in Colombian food.
This dish, also known as Cartagena Black Beef, is slow-cooked tri-tip steak, traditionally paired with syrupy and spicy dark mole sauce. It’s typically served with your choice of accoutrements such as patacones, arroz con coco or the Colombian version of French fries, yuca frita.
So, what wine to drink with this meal?
Red wines are a great compliment, as their body and spices bring out those which tend to show up in cooked red meat. We recommend a hearty Cabernet Sauvignon.
White Colombian Wine and Arepas
Arepas — or cornmeal cakes — are a staple in the Colombian diet. You’ll find them everywhere in Colombia and for good reason.
You can stuff them with any fillings of your choice — shredded beef, black beans, fish, chicken, you name it. However, Colombian arepas tend to get stuffed with eggs, cheese, or both.
The dominant sweetness of Colombian cornmeal pairs well with white wines. We recommend having a light meal of arepas washed down with a smooth, buttery Chardonnay.
Sauvignon Blanc and Colombian Ceviche
Ceviche is best served cold and can utilize any seafood of your liking! In Colombia, it’s common to see ceviche made from shrimp, red snapper, and octopus. The seafood, served fresh and raw, is subsequently “cooked” by the acidity of the citrus, such as lime.
In Colombia, you’ll see ceviche paired with a rich, red tomato sauce, plus crackers for dipping. Although reds and rosés have their place with seafood meals, white wine is where it’s at.
Snapper goes perfectly with a dry and crisp Sauvignon Blanc. It also keeps the entire meal light enough to enjoy without over-stuffing.
Sip and Savor!
We hope you’ll enjoy some of these amazing Colombian wine and food combinations! If you’ve got an upscale taste, then your pallet will surely enjoy any and all of these perfect pairings.
Now that you know what you’re having for dinner, it’s time to start thinking about dessert! Read about these incredible Colombian desserts, 5 Delectable Desserts to Serve With Colombian Coffee, to finish off your meal right.
Speaking of coffee, Colombia is home to some world’s best, and for good reason, too. So make sure to check out this Colombian coffee article!
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