If you like Cabernet Sauvignon, try Malbec.
Malbec is a savory, full-bodied wine that stands up to sizzling steaks and braised meats as well as Cabernet. Notes of mocha and anise add balance to the varietal’s intense flavors of plum and blackberry. Though Malbec is originally from France and is one of the five grapes (along with Cabernet) that are blended to make Bordeaux wine, today most Malbec comes from Argentina. With concentrated fruit and traces of vanilla, Catena Malbec 2011, ($24, at liquor stores) from Mendoza compliments rustic dishes like beef brisket and pasta with lamb ragu.