Toast to Malbec World Day!
April 17 marks Malbec World Day – a day to celebrate a magical little grape, with roots set far south of the equator. Like the beat of the Tango, this Argentine native will dance its way into your heart with its variety of pairing options and great value.
Tall Dark Stranger Malbec – A smooth and sensuous Malbec with juicy berry and plum flavors. Delicious with grilled meats, braises, rich soups, pastas and a roaring fire. (Find it near you, or shop now.)
In honor of Malbec World Day, here are a few fun facts about one of our favorite grapes:
- When tasting Malbec, you’ll mostly find dark fruit flavors of blackberry, black cherry and plum. Secondary flavors of violet and chocolate are also common.
- Malbec is a very dark grape with a thin skin. It is a distant relative of Merlot, this means that the Malbec grape is sensitive to pests, rot and frost. It thrives in sunny, dry conditions.
- Many people believe Malbec requires a lot of oak aging because of its rich, bold flavors. Actually, most Argentine Malbecs have been aged for on oak for only about 6 months.
- Argentina grows the most Malbec grapes in the world, growing over 75% of all the acres in the world. Now, Malbec grows in seven countries and continues to become even more popular.
- Unique to Malbec is that in the wine glass, you’ll often find a magenta, or hot pink rim.
Mark your calendars for April 17 for a very happy Malbec World Day!