Malbec has become very popular in the past few years. The reasons for this is that it is a fruit forward wine that tastes great all by itself. It is a full bodied wine that is priced right for the American pocket book. Many fine Malbecs are priced between seven and fifteen dollars. This purple inky wine has big bouquets of violets and mocha and most of the wines are oaked so we are getting some vanilla and smokiness also. It is a soft round wine that is velvety and lush, smells great and tastes great with big berry flavors such as blueberry, blackberry and some boysenberry flavors that abound! Chocolate, black pepper and meaty are also used to describe the taste of Malbec.
In the Middle Ages Malbec was known as the black wine. It was enjoyed by European royalty. It became part of the great Bordeaux blend that included Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Carmenere and Petit Verdot. It was in 1868 Malbec found a home in Argentina where it flourished. In Mendoza the grape and this region near the Andes Mountains became most prominent. In 2010 four million cases of Malbec were imported into the US from the Mendoza region.
A wide variety of foods will work well with Malbec. Grilled steaks and chops are the best. So try some great Malbec with your grilled fare and you will be glad you did. Costco has a great Malbec for $6.99 from the Mendoza region in South America. It is a fantastic buy.
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Ray Spaziani is the Chapter Director of the New Haven Chapter of the American Wine Society. He teaches wine appreciation classes at Gateway Community College, The Milford Board of Ed and at Moltose Wine and Beer supply and is a member of the International Tasting Panel of Amenti Del Vino and Wine Maker Magazine. He is an award winning home wine maker. Email Ray with your wine questions and wine events at Ray.Spaziani@gmail.com