If there were a popularity contest for grapes, Malbec would definitely be top of its class. It’s a grape that has an old soul with a young and exciting energy. This beloved grape even has its very own day to celebrate: April 17th. On this Spring day every year, Malbec lovers across the world pop bottles to salute this super-cool grape and revel in its joy and taste.
But what exactly is Malbec? Many assume that Malbec is a grape that comes from Argentina in South America, which much of it does. But, where did the Malbec grape actually originate from? Well, Malbec is actually one of the original grapes used in Bordeaux’s original red wine blend. Winemakers have been blending wine for a very long time, and this is where Malbec gains its historic roots. The grape is also called Auxerrois or Côt Noir in Cahors, France and can also be called Pressac in other regions around the world.
The tannins in Malbec are the perfect fit for the protein in meat and in cheese. The Argentines also like to cook over an open fire and have very long and relaxing meals enjoying company and gorgeous sunsets. Meals are rustic and delicious complimenting the uniqueness of Malbec’s fruit and floral characteristics. And don’t forget about empanadas!
What are you doing this April 17th? Why not join us in celebrating Malbec World Day and pick up a bottle to sip and celebrate!