Celebrating Malbec World Day 2015

April 17, 2015 is Malbec World Day — a great opportunity to pull the cork on a bottle of Malbec wine and to appreciate how quickly this grape variety has come to be an important part of the U.S. and global wine scene.

I have a warm spot in my heart for Malbec because it reminds me of all the nice people and great wines Sue and I encountered during our visit to Argentina a few years ago.  So many interesting experiences learning about old vine Malbec from Roberto De La Mota at Mendel winery, about Malbec -Cabernet blends at Catena and that Argentina is much more than Malbec at a special tasting arranged by Andrés Rosberg.

My appreciation of Malbec deepened when I was asked to take part in the award-winning 2011 documentary Boom Varietal: The Rise of Argentine Malbec produced by Kirk Ermish and directed by Sky Pinnick.  The economics of the Malbec story came to play a surprisingly large part in the film and so I had more screen time than I would ever have expected.

Malbec’s story is inevitably associated with Argentina, but it has become a world-wide phenomenon, breathing life into the Malbec industry back home in its native France (where it is often called Côt) and opening doors to wine-growers around the world (perhaps especially here in the Pacific Northwest).

I’ll be toasting the rise of Malbec with a glass of … what else? … Argentinean Malbec on April 17. Please join me. Cheers!

9 responses

  1. Thanks for the headsup on Malbec day…will open a bottle of Dirigutti tomorrow to celebrate!
    The only thing I didn’t like in Boom Varietal was the New Yorker bartender with her myopic view of wine yet considered herself an expert…more like ‘eggspurt’

  2. USA-Argentinian partnerships are also yielding beautiful wines. Darioush Capataz Malbec and Hand of God (a soccer reference) are both favorites.

  3. Mike – we roasted World Malbec Day with Gregg Alger and some 2013 Huston Vineyards Malbec from the Snake River AVA in Idaho. Mary Alger gave a brief history of Malbec to the crowd and quoted some retired Econ Prof from UPS. It was a great evening. Glad you were celebrating as well!

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