Argentine Wines: Malbec

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If there is one wine that truly defines the local industry then Malbec is definitely it. The deep dark grape originally comes from the Bordeaux region in France where it is used mostly for blending. In Argentina however it has found its optimum soil at the foot of the Andes and the Rio Negro desert in Patagonia and it is used to make some of the country’s premium red wines.

The ruby colored wine with ripe fruity undertones of plum, and cherries is tinted with a sweet marmalade like flavor perfectly complimenting the earthy tannins and woody textures of the country’s signature grape. This of course makes it a perfect pairing for meat, which is why it’s usually present at asados. It also pairs well with hard cheeses and tomato based pastas, also present in the local cuisine.

 

For a special sample of Argentine wines, accompanied by snacks from HG Restaurant, don’t miss our weekly tastings every Thursday starting at 7PM at Fierro Hotel.  Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220 6800. recepcion@fierrohotel.com.

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