Drinking and Pairing Tannat with Food

Tannat is a deeply colored, almost black wine with raspberry scents. As its name suggests, it is an extremely tannic red grape varietal found mainly in southwest France. Tannat is an important varietal in the rustic red wines of Madiran and appears in the reds of Irouléguy and Cahors as well. Tannat has Basque origins and was brought to Uruguay by Basque settlers in the 19th century, where it is having some success as a varietal wine.

Due to the weight and tannic nature of this grape, pair Tannat with grilled red meat, game, and bitter vegetables like rapini.

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Tannat pairs well with:

Beef

Olives

South American cuisine

Foods cooked via Braise/Soup/Stew

Smoky dishes