World Malbec Day Celebrates Argentina’s Flagship Red Wine

Last night, we chatted about Malbec World Day and food pairings.

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Here’s a sampling of lively discussion from our tasting…

Natalie MacLean

 Natalie MacLean · 12:21 Here are the wines we’re tasting tonight:

http://www.nataliemaclean.com/…/malbec-red-wine…/See More

Lise Charest Gagne
 Lise Charest Gagne · 8:39 I like the mix. Try out the half and half and we can provide feedback.. happy Easter 🐰
Lise Charest Gagne
Lise Charest Gagne · 8:39Organic wines yes!! I’m a bit of a tree hugger! And I love Pinot Noir!!!!!
Paul E Hollander
Paul E Hollander · 4:46 Good evening and Happy Easter. The family has just left and Patti and I are sitting back resting. The wine: Luminis Lujan de Cuyo, 2013 Malbec
Lise Charest Gagne
 Lise Charest Gagne · 8:39 I tried a lovely dark chocolate at Soma it had dried strawberries and pink peppercorns I bet it would be good with that wine
Samuel Quartier
Samuel Quartier · 7:00 Nothing in my glass yet (working on it!). I usually really enjoy the Salentein Reserve Malbec, and Clos De La Siete is always very good and consistent.

Alan Cameron

Alan Cameron · 16:30 Sorry to have missed the live show, but the idea of Nova Scotian you and your Mom drinking that wine makes you Malbec Hoisters ( a pun on Malpec Oysters, which apparently doesn’t have a good Malbec pairing). Fun Show !
Lise Charest Gagne
 Lise Charest Gagne · 8:39 What about some other wine writers? Chefs, restaurants, grape growers, travel industry?

 Lise Charest Gagne

Lise Charest Gagne · 8:39 Malbec is lovely but too bold for me without food. I also find it stains the teeth allot
Paul E Hollander
Paul E Hollander · 29:07 We have an Allamand Valle de Uco, 2012 Malbec. The other Luminis, they are from Bodega.

Paul E Hollander

Paul E Hollander · 17:35 Mario is on the Food Network and on the daily show “The Chew” (ABC-US)

 

Samuel Quartier
Samuel Quartier · 7:33 And I have a soft spot for the great French Malbecs from Cahors ;-)

 

Helena Lundgren
Helena Lundgren · 0:00 What about head of viticulture education (like cal poly and us David in CA) what’s new? How is it expanding ? The growing wine business and opportunities?

 

Lise Charest Gagne
Lise Charest Gagne · 8:39 Do they tend to blend Malbec and if so with what
Lise Charest Gagne
Lise Charest Gagne · 8:39 Natalie tell me about your most memorable Malbec experience

 

Paul E Hollander
Paul E Hollander · 10:30 We have had their wine,s alway good.
Lise Charest Gagne
Lise Charest Gagne · 8:39 Great BBQ wines? Malbec
Lise Charest Gagne
Lise Charest Gagne · 8:39 Is it fruity Nat?
 
Lise Charest Gagne
Lise Charest Gagne · 8:39 Big big wine

 

Lise Charest Gagne
Lise Charest Gagne · 8:39 Chicken mole

 

Stephen Andrews
Stephen Andrews · 12:17 Yes chateau de pay from Cahors.
Bill DeLury
Bill DeLury · 7:43 Hi Bill from ny. Having a glass of SAN Lucas Malbec 2015.

 

 


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Did you know that April 17 is 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.

 

 

 

Trapiche Pure Black Malbec 2015
Mendoza, Argentina

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Trapiche Broquel Malbec 2014
Mendoza, Argentina

 

 

 

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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.
A 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.

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.

 

 

 

Don David Michel Torino Reserve Malbec 2015
Cafayate Valley, Argentina

 

 

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Luigi Bosca Single Vineyard Malbec 2013
Luján De Cuyo, Argentina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trapiche Pure Malbec 2016
Mendoza, Argentina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trapiche Perfiles Calcareous Malbec 2015
Mendoza, Argentina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trapiche Gran Medalla Malbec 2013
Mendoza, Argentina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trapiche Reserve Malbec 2015
Mendoza, Argentina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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