Malbec Wine

malbec wineMalbec Wine

By Mark Adams

Mark is a professional winemaker, former winery owner, author and frequent speaker on wine.  He currently teaches wine classes throughout the United States.

Malbec wine is probably a wine that you may have heard of, but probably never tried. But you know what, it’s time you did, because its really very good.

As with most wines it has it origins or at least it’s notoriety as a French wine.

In France, this is because of the colder climate, the wine usually doesn’t ripen fully and usually has a dry and somewhat bitter taste.

That’s why it’s often used primary as a blending wine to add dryness and structure to other wines.

The literal translation of Malbec, if you remember from your high school French is bad mouth.

Doesn’t sound very appealing does it?

Well, here’s where the story get a little more interesting. Several years ago, the Argentine government decided that they wanted to start a wine industry in their country.

Being so close to the equator, they thought the proximity to the ocean, along with their mountainous terrain would be ideal for growing grapes and making extraordinary wine.

And they were right. If you haven’t tried Argentine or Chilean wines or any South American wine for that matter, I would encourage you to try them.

They are really very good and are usually cheaper that American or European wines.

So they took the “bad mouth” vines back to South America. In a very short time the vines and the wine industry started to develop. They found that Malbec exceeded their own expectations.

Today, Malbec wine is the star of their wine industry and Argentina’s leading wine export.

Unlike the bitter French wine, the Argentine Malbec has more of a fruity taste and other berry flavors without the bitterness of its French counterpart is actually more full bodied.

Another thing to remember about all south American wines is that the seasons are reversed. We harvest in the fall.

They harvest in the spring. So each year they will be able to introduce their wines 6 months sooner than the rest of the wine world.

So in the vintage is important to you, remember to keep this in mind.

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Here’s the skinny on Malbec Wine

Always buy the Argentine version

The argentine version has a bold and fruity taste

As a southern hemisphere wine, its always released 6 months sooner than US wines.

There are lots of different wines out there. The fun is to try them all

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