The rise of Malbec

    the-andes-argentina1Recall your last few conversations about wine, and I’d wager someone mentioned Malbec at some point. Probably followed by superlatives related to flavor and price.

    So what exactly is this Malbec grape all about?

    No doubt there is a mini-boom in progress. Just take a look at your local wine shop and you’ll see increasing amounts of space dedicated to this bold, edgy emerging grape.

    Argentina has successfully crafted itself as the Malbec poster child with prominent brands such as Achaval Ferrer, Colomé, Bodega Noemia de Patagonia, Rutini and countless others being snatched up by US and Canadian consumers.

    One of the perks of Malbec is that if offers a Bordeaux like experience — rich, dark, juicy — but without the French premium.

    There is a good article in the Wall Street Journal, ‘Malbec Beckons — Heed the Call’, that highlights some of the top picks. And although I’m somewhat partial to our home grown varietals here in Napa and Sonoma, I have enjoyed plenty of Malbec.

    It’s always exciting when new trends in varietals like Malbec (Albariños and Tempranillo) emerge as it opens our eyes (and mouths!) to wonderful new types of wines across the globe.

    A recent favorite of mine, Kaiken (88 pts. full review), is available at your local Costco for only $8.99. A great way to see what all the fuss is about.

    [Wall Street Journal Food & Wine: Malbec Beckons — Heed the Call ]

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    • Bob Kopolow

      Good article, Clint! I love Malbecs and so does my wife Suzie. They're a great find and an exciting taste. I've heard that the grape originated in France but is grown even better in Argentina where most of the Malbecs come from these days. One can even find them in Loreto where we are right now. Tempranillo is also found here. We had both last week at the Pachamama restaurant. Tempranillo is a grape grown mostly in Spain and it's also delicious…

    • Clinton Stark

      Hi Bob, hope you're enjoying some good Sun & Sea in Loreto! We will be down in March. <br />
      <br />
      I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on Pachamama? <br />
      <br />
      Artesa in Napa has a Tempranillo that is quite popular. Loni and I enjoyed it a few weeks back at our last tasting.

    • Bob Kopolow

      Good article, Clint! I love Malbecs and so does my wife Suzie. They’re a great find and an exciting taste. I’ve heard that the grape originated in France but is grown even better in Argentina where most of the Malbecs come from these days. One can even find them in Loreto where we are right now. Tempranillo is also found here. We had both last week at the Pachamama restaurant. Tempranillo is a grape grown mostly in Spain and it’s also delicious…

    • Bob Kopolow

      Good article, Clint! I love Malbecs and so does my wife Suzie. They’re a great find and an exciting taste. I’ve heard that the grape originated in France but is grown even better in Argentina where most of the Malbecs come from these days. One can even find them in Loreto where we are right now. Tempranillo is also found here. We had both last week at the Pachamama restaurant. Tempranillo is a grape grown mostly in Spain and it’s also delicious…

    • Hi Bob, hope you’re enjoying some good Sun & Sea in Loreto! We will be down in March.

      I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on Pachamama?

      Artesa in Napa has a Tempranillo that is quite popular. Loni and I enjoyed it a few weeks back at our last tasting.

    • Hi Bob, hope you’re enjoying some good Sun & Sea in Loreto! We will be down in March.

      I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on Pachamama?

      Artesa in Napa has a Tempranillo that is quite popular. Loni and I enjoyed it a few weeks back at our last tasting.

    • Bob Kopolow

      Yes, Clint, we're enjoying the Sun and Sea in Loreto, working on our FM3s, and learning our way around this place. Had our first dinner at Pachamama and really enjoyed it. Carolina is now running the restaurant; her uncles who were there went back to Argentina, she told us. The rib steak was delicious. We had the Tempranillo before dinner and the malbec with the steak. Loved it all!

    • Bob Kopolow

      Good article, Clint! I love Malbecs and so does my wife Suzie. They’re a great find and an exciting taste. I’ve heard that the grape originated in France but is grown even better in Argentina where most of the Malbecs come from these days. One can even find them in Loreto where we are right now. Tempranillo is also found here. We had both last week at the Pachamama restaurant. Tempranillo is a grape grown mostly in Spain and it’s also delicious…

    • Bob Kopolow

      Yes, Clint, we’re enjoying the Sun and Sea in Loreto, working on our FM3s, and learning our way around this place. Had our first dinner at Pachamama and really enjoyed it. Carolina is now running the restaurant; her uncles who were there went back to Argentina, she told us. The rib steak was delicious. We had the Tempranillo before dinner and the malbec with the steak. Loved it all!

    • Bob Kopolow

      Yes, Clint, we’re enjoying the Sun and Sea in Loreto, working on our FM3s, and learning our way around this place. Had our first dinner at Pachamama and really enjoyed it. Carolina is now running the restaurant; her uncles who were there went back to Argentina, she told us. The rib steak was delicious. We had the Tempranillo before dinner and the malbec with the steak. Loved it all!

    • Bob Kopolow

      Yes, Clint, we’re enjoying the Sun and Sea in Loreto, working on our FM3s, and learning our way around this place. Had our first dinner at Pachamama and really enjoyed it. Carolina is now running the restaurant; her uncles who were there went back to Argentina, she told us. The rib steak was delicious. We had the Tempranillo before dinner and the malbec with the steak. Loved it all!