Tag: Malbec

Malbec grape variety is usually associated with Argentine wines, since it is the most grown stock in the country. Argentina is the fifth world wine producer and one of the main wine exporting countries in the world. Malbec grape variety is a red wine grape, followed in popularity by the Bonarda and the Cabernet Sauvignon. It usually produces varietal wines, which means that one or more wine varieties are used. It is sometimes blended with the Cabernet Sauvignon. The Malbec is native to France and its vineyards are numerous in the Cahors region –located in the southwest of France. In Bordeaux, it lost popularity due to a frost that destroyed 75% of the vineyards in the 1950s. It was planted in Argentina halfway through the 20th century; the country is today the first Malbec producer in the world. It is a purple-coloured thin-skinned grape, which needs more sun than other varieties to ripen. As it seems, it does not resist frosts well, taking into account what happened in Bordeaux. Malbec wines are of a dark colour and have plenty of tannins as well as a particular plum flavour. In general, they are intense wines; hence, many wineries tend to blend it with other varieties in order to create assemblage wines. By means of Argento’s blog, The Real Argentina, discover the qualities that have turned the Malbec into the most popular variety in Argentina. It is particularly important in the region of Mendoza, the most important wine producing region in the country with over 80% of Malbec wines being produced there. Discover restaurants and bars where you can taste the intense flavour and aroma of its wines and find out which food is paired with this variety. Our simple pairing guide will give you the needed tips in order for you to choose the perfect menu to go with your Malbec wine. Actually, it is not difficult to pair with, since it combines both with complex dishes and with simple everyday recipes. For example, it is particularly well paired with the Argentine roast, with dishes dressed with carbonara sauce, with lentil stews or with slightly spicy cheeses. Moreover, you will find out that the different Malbec wines produced by Argento are found among the favourite ones of some of the best Argentine sommeliers. There are important differences between Argentine Malbec wines and French Malbec wines. The former are more velvety and darker whereas the latter are more structured. The recommended temperature to serve a varietal wine is 16 degrees. This grape variety is so popular in the country that every 17th of April the Malbec Wine Day is celebrated. The celebration commemorates the day that the Argentine president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento asked agronomist Michel Aimé Pouget, also known as Miguel Pouget, to bring new varieties to Argentina. Among them, the Malbec was found.

RECIPE FOR ARGENTINE LOCRO

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Wintertime in Argentina – cosy up inside with a large glass of Malbec and serve yourself a warming bowl of locro, the hearty meat and corn-based stew of northern Argentina. Locro is no everyday meal. Almost a national dish, locro is a hearty, yellowy-orange concoction most significantly linked with the 25th May celebrations of Argentine independence.

May 23rd, 2016

INSIDE THE SOMMELIER OLYMPICS

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MENDOZA – Huddled together in small groups, mentors rub backs and mop their wards’ brows, sommeliers easily distinguished from other revellers at a cocktail party thanks to perfectly pressed black suits and aprons. The tension and nerves crackled like an Andean electric storm around the Park Hyatt Mendoza hotel as 60 competitors from around the world chewed down cuticles, waiting to find out whether they’d earned one of 15 coveted places in the Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World Argentina 2016 semifinal.

April 18th, 2016

ARGENTINA’S GREAT SOMM HOPE #2: PAZ LEVINSON

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In part five of The Real Argentina’s somms series, we meet Paz Levinson, the second of two Argentine sommeliers competing in the A.S.I. Concours du Meilleur Sommelier du Monde 2016 (A.S.I. Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World). Currently ranked number one in both the Americas and Argentina, and the only Argentine to qualify as an Advanced Sommelier from the UK’s Court of Master Sommeliers, Paz will be going for a titles hat-trick at the world championship, which is being held in Mendoza for the first time on 15-20 April 2016.

April 5th, 2016

ARGENTINA’S GREAT SOMM HOPE #1: MARTÍN BRUNO

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One of two Argentine sommeliers who will compete in the A.S.I. Concours du Meilleur Sommelier du Monde (A.S.I. Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World), we meet Martín Bruno, sommelier at top Buenos Aires restaurant Tegui, in part four of The Real Argentina’s somms series. Martín spills the beans on how he’s been diligently preparing for this prestigious competition, which is being held in Mendoza for the first time on 15-20 April 2016.

April 3rd, 2016

AN ARGENTINE FIRST: BACKSTAGE AT THE CONTEST OF THE BEST SOMMELIER OF THE WORLD

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Sixty competitors, five days, one title; the world’s best sommelier.
Although the immediate thought is ‘football’ when mentioning Argentina and World Cup in the same breath, the world’s fifth-largest wine producer is about to host a very different championship next month: the 15th A.S.I. Concours du Meilleur Sommelier du Monde (Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World).

March 17th, 2016

WHAT’S THE BEEF? OUR INSIDER’S GUIDE ON THE BEST CUTS TO ORDER AND WHERE IN BUENOS AIRES

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On the average seven-day visit to Buenos Aires, dining at a parrilla between two and five times is a likely scenario. And as there’s seemingly a steakhouse on every other corner offering up high-protein experiences, it can be often overwhelming to know what the best steak on the menu is. This TRA guide trims the excess fat so you know exactly which cut to order and where.

February 24th, 2016

BURGERS AND WINE: THE 2016 PAIRING

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Along the last ten months, Buenos Aires has seen the inauguration of around 50 gourmet fast food stores that have nothing to do with the large chains, beyond the fact that they share the star dish. Among the alcoholic beverages served in these establishments, initially it was beer that took over the scene. Yet, wine is steadily proving to be the ideal match for gourmet burgers, due to the sophisticated proposals and diversity of sensations that only wine can offer. This will be, then, the 2016 pairing in Argentina, no doubt about it!

February 14th, 2016

Lights Out – A Gourmet Theatre Experience in the Dark

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We all like the experience of dining by candlelight but how about dining in the dark, when you can’t even make out your hand when it’s right in front of your face, let alone see the food on your plate? Add some interactive musical theatre to the mix and you’ve got a whole new spin on the concept of dinner theatre. Sophie Lloyd experiences Teatro Ciego’s A Ciegas Gourmet.

October 30th, 2015

Looking Back with Bocas Abiertas: Buenos Aires Food and Wine Festival

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A food festival like Bocas Abiertas reveals all that is interesting, delicious, and above all fun about modern Argentine cuisine. On any given Sunday in Argentina the sweet smell of asado drifts towards your nostrils. But this Sunday, here in San Isidro, other enticing scents are in the air. This was the third edition of…

September 30th, 2015

Yes, you can! Enjoy seafood in Buenos Aires

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The best to get to know a city and its culture is having a friend living there, who also enjoys the simple pleasures of life. Because there is something that the travel guides cannot provide; those ordinary details that make the identity of each neighbourhood in a city. Buenos Aires is known as the city…

July 15th, 2015