Saturday, April 28, 2012

In praise of Malbec..

The recent "World Malbec Day" got me thinking about this rather wonderful red grape and the unique wine it produces. Malbec is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. The grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins, and it is known as one of the six grapes permitted in the blend of red Bordeaux wine. The French plantations of Malbec are now found primarily in Cahors in South West France. It is increasingly celebrated as an Argentine varietal wine and is being grown around the world.A popular but unconfirmed theory claims that Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who first spread the grape variety throughout France! Luigi Bosca "Single Vineyard" Malbec 2007 RRP 19.99 If you fancy a real Malbec treat try this absolute beauty from Mendoza in Argentina. Aged for 14 months in oak this is a very serious bottle of wine.Give it plenty of air and ideally try it with your favourite steak! There's something very special about Malbec and beef, a perfect wine and food match if you ask me!