APRIL 17 - HURRAY IT’S INTERNATIONAL MALBEC DAY
While the transplanted Malbec grape from France brought Argentina into the international viticultural limelight, why not try the original. It hails from the Cahors region, southeast of Bordeaux. Cahors’ dry summer climate is influenced more by the Mediterranean Sea than the Atlantic Ocean. This forces the vine’s roots to dig deep in search of water resulting in an increased concentration of sugars and phenolic compounds in the grape. It was recently rated 90 points in the Toronto Star with the following comments: “…gorgeous scents of blueberries and blackberries…..dry, dark, brawny with gripping flavours of blackberries and bitter chocolate, toasted hazelnut and licorice, …a savoury, structured wine that’s firm and fabulous.” Enjoy with your favourite BBQ fare now that warmer weather has arrived.