On Malbec

Malbec is a Bordeaux grape, but interestingly, their winemakers shun Malbec in favor of blending Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Actually, not that much Malbec currently grows in France. Never fear though – Malbec has found a welcome home in Argentina.

Thriving in the dry, hot wine regions of Argentina, Malbec is a full-bodied, dark wine delivering many flavors for red wine enthusiasts as bold, dry, intense, complex, some tannin, rustic, and fruit. In other words, Malbec is a wonderful wine for dishes featuring red meat or barbecue!

Although buyers can find Malbec wines from Chile, France, and California, Argentine Malbecs are the most readily available, tasty, and found in a wide price range. The following brands provide good options in the $8-12 range: Alamos, Norton, Trapiche, Altos, and Don Gascon; but Ocaso is my absolute favorite in this price range. (Tim, a must for you to try.)

I encourage anyone desiring a hearty red win to start trying different Malbecs to find the one that delivers the taste that pleases their palate. Since numerous choices are also available for anyone desiring to go higher in price, I suggest doing your research or talk to a knowledgeable wine merchant.

Cheers … and enjoy not only this glorious fruit of the wine, but also the video below about touring the Mendoza region of Argentina. It’s an ad, but fun to see for those enjoying travel. Besides, the tango music is a plus.