World Malbec Day Celebrates Argentina’s Flagship Red Wine

Malbec-World-DayToday, April 17, is the fourth annual Malbec World Day (#MalbecWorldDay), celebrating the flagship red grape for the wines of Argentina, as well as a blending grape in Bordeaux and other regions.

You’ll find my most reviews and ratings of Malbec Wines here. The Malbec grape produces wines that stylistically fall between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with more plummy richness and roundness than Cabernet, but firmer tannins and structure than Merlot.France Malbec no. 1

Malbec is one of the five grapes in Bordeaux wines, especially in the districts of St. Emilion aArgentina Malbecnd Graves.

It adds a deep dark red hue and rich dark fruit aromas to the blend. It’s called ‘Côt’ in Cahors, where it’s the most widely planted grape; or Auxerrois in other regions of France.

There are actually more than 400 names for the grape, but Malbec was originally named after the Hungarian peasant who first planted the vine in southwest France several centuries ago.

Argentina Malbec 2A thin-skinned, mid-season ripener, Malbec is sensitive to frost. Most other regions that grow Malbec also use it as a minor blending grape except for the wines of Argentina, where it stands alone as the country’s flagship red.

Sometimes called Fer, Argentinan Malbecs are richer, rounder and fruitier than the European versions. Malbec thrives in Argentina because it gets the necessary hang time on the vine to ripen those lush plum flavors. Australia Malbec

Unripe Malbec is green and stemmy. Although Bordeaux blends can age for decades, Malbec alone or as the dominant part of a blend is best enjoyed young.

Signature aromas of Malbec include plums, blackberries, black cherries, spices, earth and wood smoke.

Pair Malbec with beef, turkey, spicey dishes, tomato sauces, meaty casseroles, hamburgers, sausages, steak and kidney pie, cheddar, Adobo de Cerdo (spicy pork chop), game, lamb, spaghetti and meat balls, veal cutlets, osso buco and bittersweet chocolate.

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A White Wine that is Remarkably Green

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It turns out that Santa Margherita’s white wine, the celebrated Pinot Grigio, is remarkably ‘green’. With the Italian winery undertaking extensive sustainable practices, at home and now here in Canada, to…

Wines for Easter Brunch and Passover Dinner


CTV News anchor Natalie Piero an I chat about wines for Easter brunch, Passover and other holiday weekend wines.

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Spring Wines for Fish, Shellfish and Seafood


CTV News anchor Natalie Piero and I chat about wines for spring, including those that pair well with both fish and shellfish, as well as those that drink well on their own as an aperitif.

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Appassimento Wines Featured in LCBO Vintages April 12

April 12 2014 Vintages CatalogueAppassimento wines, passito-style wines that use a traditional winemaking process, are part of one of the hottest trends right now in many wine regions, from Italy where it originated to Ontario where there is tremendous experimentation.

Many of these wines will…