The 5th Grape in Bordeaux Reds Stands on Its Own in Mendoza

The 5th Grape in Bordeaux Reds Stands on Its Own in Mendoza

April 17 was Malbec World Day, which inspired us to revisit this pedestrian yet world-famous grape.

 

There are so many great reasons to pour a glass of Malbec. The Malbec grape is a full-bodied and dark red grape, much like Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Often purple or even black in color, you’ll probably experience tons of black cherry, plum, maybe even chocolate notes in it. (Yum!)

 

And it's super food-friendly too. Think food for the grill: dark chicken and super lean red meats. Or even those funky smelling cheeses and mushrooms. We’d even pair it with chocolate.

 

Malbec was actually born in France, but it was really prone to disease and rot there. So, some Argentine winemakers figured out a way to get some vines back to their country, and Argentina now has about 75% of all the Malbec acres in the world!

 

While the Argentines have been making Malbec for hundreds of years, only recently has there been a big move toward quality. They make some amazing, world-class wines now.

 

Best of all, the prices on so many of them are still truly reasonable (under $20!).

 

Malbec is planted all over the world now  from Chile, to South Africa to the United States.

 

Consider these three wines in honor of World Malbec Day!

 

Trapiche Broquel, 2013, Mendoza Argentina, $14
Chateau du Cedre Heritage, 2012, Cahors, France, $11
Eighty Four, 2012, Napa, California, $48

Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for Foxnews.com, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip. 

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