Today is the 9th annual World Malbec Day! Celebrate with a French or Argentinian bottle of Malbec today!
Fun Fact: Some people believe that the name “Malbec” comes from the French “mal bouche” which means “bad in mouth” due to the original French wine makers’ low opinion of the grape. The word “Malbec” actually comes from a French last name and is no reflection on the quality of wine.
Originating in the Bordeaux region of France, this red grape has become the national grape of Argentina, where the Argentinian terroir is perfect for producing a bold and rustic wine. This wine is a common component in a “Bordeaux blend” and has enjoyed increasing success as a varietal wine since the late 20th century. This full-bodied wine has robust tannins and deep flavors of blackberry, plum and licorice. Aromas of freshly turned earth make a nice backdrop in the glass. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, Malbec will be intensely ripe, and full of fruit and spice. From Cahors, dusty notes and a bouquet of violets balance rich, black fruit.
After years of popularity in France, A vicious frost in 1956 devastated the grape, and it has not been significantly replanted since. That is, until it was taken to Argentina in 1968. The Argentinian Malbec enjoys a world class reputation and has caused the spread of the Malbec grape around the world.
Malbec is a medium to full-bodied red wine, so it begs to be paired with more full-flavored foods. Unlike Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec doesn’t have a long finish or aggressive tannins, which means it will pair well with leaner red meats, and even lighter cuts like dark meat turkey or roasted pork. It also works well with pepper, sage, creamy mushroom sauces, and blue cheese.