I’ve been having some fun browsing lists of ‘national days’ (like you do) and some sound rather bizarre to the casual observer – Read a Road Map Day, Bat Appreciation Day or National Tweed Day anyone? But I tell you what, World Malbec Day this Friday speaks to me loud and clear saying here’s a chance to join with wine lovers everywhere to celebrate the rich, smooth and tasty meat-marvel that is Malbec.
Although they have been growing it since the 1850’s Argentina’s Malbec really took the US by storm in 2010 and now it’s the red of choice for a lot of wine fans in the UK as well.
Need a reliably dense and fruity red off a restaurant wine list or supermarket shelf? Go to Malbec. Fancy something flavoursome for the barbecue? Go to Malbec.
But Malbec isn’t just for meat – and it isn’t just from Argentina. In fact, the grape originated in France and was planted in both Bordeaux and the Cahors region before the treck to South Amercica was made in the 19th Century and now its travelling all over the place, with good wine being made in lots of different places like Chile and Australia.
So what’s happening on World Malbec Day? Well, a lot of exciting events in cities as far flung from one another as Helsinki and Hong Kong, Sydney and Toronto or London and Buenos Aires. So if you fancy your own celebration at home here are my Top Picks that are flavoursome, fun and brilliant matches to food.
Let’s just hope for BBQ weather now…
Trivento Reserve Malbec – rolled back to £6
Fun Factoid for the week: Trivento is the UK’s best selling Malbec and it’s easy to taste why – smooth, medal winning and glamorous it’s brilliant value. Bob-on with chilli con carne – or you can go all out for the velvety, black fruit jam-packed Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec (£13.47), a marvel with beef wellington.
Extra Special Argentinian Malbec – £5
How can such a great wine be so inexpensive? Because it’s Extra Special, that’s why. Choc-full of fruit from Mendoza and a favourite with friends. Really good with roasted Mediterranean vegetables or casseroles.
Chateau de Labarrade, Cahors – £7.97 or six for £40 from Wine Shop
Back to its origins, this is the chunky version of Malbec from South West France where the grape is known as Cot; and mightily tasty it is, too. Stunning with venison.