Today is the International Malbec day (wohooo!) Whether you are familiar with Malbec wine or not, I want to share with you some facts about this delicate wine that seems to disappear too fast from my glass.
This wine was originated in Bordeaux, France on the 18 hundreds but did not have much popularity because of the roots of the plant are susceptible to disease and rot; making it very difficult to harvest. On mid-19th century Argentinian winemakers took the same plant primarily to the province of Mendoza. The hot weather and the altitude of the region welcomed this grape gracefully and decided to stay.
Some Characteristics of Malbec are:
Dark inky color
Aromas of plum, blackberry, blackberry ,raisin, pomegranate, cocoa, leather and depending on the oak aging, tobacco finish.
Goes well with blue cheese , spicy foods, beef , lamb and poultry.
Spices that have an earthy and smoky flavor.
Mushroom, roasted vegetables, green and red bell peppers, potato, arugula, kale, chard, grilled endive, onion, beet, tempeh, lentils, black beans.
Here is a video that is well explained about Malbecs:
Here in Toronto a found a great place to have excellent Malbecs,http://www.vostoronto.com/ Their food is amazing, most interesting part is that you cannot find them at the LCBO because they are imported directly from Argentina.
My favorite ones are:
SOTTANO RESERVA DE FAMILIA , among the top 1% of all wines in the world.
VIÑA AMALIA RESERVA from Uco Valley Argentina, is on the top 6% from Carlos Basso.
Well, now you have to find an excuse to celebrate, raise your glass and enjoy life! Cheers to Malbec!