April 17th is an under-appreciated day. A few days past tax day, but there isn’t much else to savor. Until you consider that the 17th of April is officially Malbec World Day! Now that is something to celebrate!
Malbec World Day honors the day in 1853 when Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, the president of Argentina announced his decision to revitalize Argentina’s wine industry. One of the varietals that was brought in for cultivation was Malbec, which thrived in the soil and climate of Argentina. Over time, Malbec took a commanding lead in wine exports for Argentina. Today, Argentina boasts over 75% of all Malbec vineyards in the world. Being an inclusive nation, Argentina avoiding calling April 17th “Malbec Argentina Day” in favor of “Malbec World Day.” Thank you, Argentina!
In Northern California, we have so many ways to celebrate Malbec World Day. One of our favorite ways to celebrate is with a glass of Murrieta’s Well Malbec with huckleberry, elderberry and cherry notes. We called it a “s’more in a glass” as we savored every drop. A bit further east in Murphys, we have enjoyed some Renner Winery Malbec. Aged on American and French oak, this was a red wine lover’s dream: lots of body and gripping tannins. If we find ourselves in a lighter mood, there’s always the Darcie Kent Victories Rosé. We love its balance, bright pops of fruit, and lack of syrupy aftertaste.
Now that we have listed some of our favorite options for Malbec World Day, what is in your glass?
About the Author: John grills a mean steak and is always in the market for another wine fridge. Believes that if a winery has more than 10 employees, it's probably too big. Buys wine faster than he drinks it, but who cares?