This Argentinian Wine Has Its Own Holiday

This Argentinian Wine Has Its Own Holiday

Malbec World Day is celebrated every year on April 17, which happens to fall on this upcoming Sunday. Before planning your Sunday, sip on these facts and expertly pair one of our recommended bottles with your brunch or dinner.

Brief History

Malbec was almost out of the picture before Argentina rescued it from France’s unforgiving weather.

These special, thick-skinned grapes were not able to withstand frost or wet weather in France but Argentina’s hot and dry climate gave them a chance to thrive.

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Cahors Region in France where French Malbec is grown.

On April 17, 1853, President Sarmiento proposed to focus on developing this variety to strengthen Argentina’s wine industry. Since then, Malbec has now become synonymous with Argentina.

Characteristics:

  • Blackberries, plums and black cherries are the stars in this wine.
  • Contrary to French Malbec’s “spicier” taste, due to its higher acidity, Argentinean Malbec is more fruit-forward.
  • Most Malbecs are inky-black in color, medium to full bodied and, although most Malbecs have some bold flavors, only some are aged in oak barrels.
  • Tannins, textural elements from the skin of the grapes that makes wine dry, are present and flavors such as chocolate, tobacco and black pepper are noted.
  • Short finish.

Pairings:

  • Spicy Foods, such as Mexican Cuisine.
  • Manchego or blue cheese.
  • Dark meat poultry and lean red meats, such as buffalo, pork shoulder, chicken leg, duck.
  • Earthy or smoky spices, such as cumin, vanilla bean, garlic and barbeque sauce.
  • Mushrooms, roasted vegetables, black beans and kale.
  • Pasta with tomato sauce.

Want to try Malbec? Here’s a few top-rated, inexpensive bottles:

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Hazel Ramos
Hazel Ramos is completing her B.A. in Journalism at the University of Houston.

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