It's no news that Malbec wines are in vogue. What is news is the way Argentines are celebrating it. This week will mark the sixth edition of the Malbec World Day, a worldwide event held in over 70 cities
It’s no news that Malbec wines are in vogue. What is news is the way Argentines are celebrating it. This week will mark the sixth edition of the Malbec World Day, a worldwide event held in over 70 cities. In New York, for example, the public is invited to attend a tasting at the The Dream Downtown Hotel this Friday, April 15th. Over 150 Malbec wines, will be available for tasting along with tango presentations and samples of Argentine foods.
Alberto Arizu, President of Wines of Argentina, the organization promoting the Malbec World Day, explains:
Malbec vineyards have been recognized since the days of the Roman Empire, and found in my country a privileged place to grow. Few countries in the world are able to celebrate a wine whose identity is so close to their own peoples. We have been blessed to have a varietal that both speaks of being Argentine and represents us so well. That is why we are so proud to convey our legacy through our Malbec overflowing cups.
This wine, originally from the Southwest France, has crossed the Atlantic and found a new home in Argentina over 150 years ago. Now this South American country became the biggest producer of this particular varietal in the world and launched an aggressive campaign to promote its consumption further. Today the United States is one of the largest importers of Argentine Malbec. In the last five years, 23 million 9 liter-cases of Malbec were exported to the U.S. by Argentina.
But how do we recognize a good Malbec, and with which foods does it taste the best?
1 - Color
Malbec's most significant characteristic is its intense dark color. Depending on the altitude and land where it comes from, you can find Malbecs that have blueberry tones or bright red cherry colors.
2 - Aroma
Look for aromas of blueberry, violet and spicy. The more you smell, the better the wine.
3 - Cork
Today there are different kinds of corks. A high quality malbec with a long ageability will usually come with a natural cork. Younger wines normally use synthetic corks.
4 - Taste
Round and sweet tannins with a great finish are qualities of the Malbec grape in Argentina. It should be balanced, not too strong, not too soft.
5 - Pairings
What immediately comes to mind with Malbec and food is meat, of course... another iconic staple of Argentina! But if you think of the different styles of Malbec, it can pair with anything from a simple hamburger, veal, or game, depending on the wine's complexity and structure, even a typical Argentine empanada.
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