April 17: Happy Malbec World Day! Cheers With Trivento’s 2014 Amado Sur!

Cheers! It’s Malbec World Day!

According to Wikipedia, Malbec World Day is celebrated on April 17 because that is the day in 1853 when “president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento officially made it his mission to transform Argentina’s wine industry” by inviting  French soil expert Michel Aimé Pouget to adapt French varietals, including Malbec, to Argentina.

The whole month of April is Malbec month, so if you missed giving a toast to Malbec tonight, you have about two more weeks! Of course, the Wines of Argentina folk hope it will be a Malbec from Argentina but as the largest production of this wine is from Argentina, chances are pretty good that’s where the wine in your glass will be coming from!

Recently, I traveled to LA to the official residence of the Argentine Consulate to taste wines that are seeking importers or distributers in the US. There I learned more about the wines of Argentina, including of course, Malbec.

A few facts about Malbec and Argentina from Marcelo Pelleriti’s presentation:

  • Malbec is the most planted varietal in Argentina
  • Argentina is the main producer in the world of Malbec
  • Malbec was first brought to Argentina in 1853
  • The oldest Malbec vines in Argentina were planted in 1861
  • Malbec and Malbec blends account for almost half of the entire Argentinean wine category in the U.S.
  • Malbec is grown in three regions in Argentina, in various elevations, and with great variability.

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Malbec World Day? World Malbec Day? Reviews of Wines from No + So America

Cairdean Malbec

Amy and I both felt enlightened by the Cairdean Malbec.

April 17 is World Malbec Day! Or is it Malbec World Day? Or just Malbec Day? Regardless, what are some good Malbecs to try? 110ec71a-505b-484e-b1d4-92e6a453e5de I was reminded of this event by Jon Staenberg of Hand of God Wine who urges us to celebrate Malbec World Day by saying the good people of Argentina have proclaimed April 17th as World Malbec Day. Over 100 years ago, Malbec was brought from France to the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza, Argentina where the constant sun and heat helps the grape to ripeness; Malbec thrives in the hot, dry weather and high elevations of Mendoza creating a typically ripe and lush wine with smooth tannins. Continue reading