Given its big, bouncy personality, Malbec naturally throws a party for itself every year – and why shouldn’t it? Every 17th of April we celebrate Argentina’s most popular adopted grape with Malbec World Day. But what if you’re pregnant, or under doctor’s orders to give booze the red light? Here are some alternative ways to celebrate Malbec without the alcohol.
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The Malbec World Day is celebrated every 17th of April in Argentina to commemorate the decision taken in 1853 by the late Argentine president, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, which changed the country’s wine industry forever. That day, he asked the agronomist Michel Aimé Pouget, also known as Miguel Pouget, to bring new grape varieties from France to Argentina. Among his selection, he chose the Malbec stock, native to the Cahors region, located in the southwest of France. The grape bloomed in the Argentine lands and, with the passing of time, produced even better wines than the French ones. That, alongside some incidents that reduced the Malbec vineyards in Europe –a pest in the 19th century; halfway through the 20 century, a frost destroyed 75% of the plantations in Bordeaux–, contributed to turning Argentina into the first Malbec producing country in the world. It is also the most grown grape in the country. It generates intense dark-coloured wines with fruity aromas and a velvety texture. Over 80% of the wines come from the wine region of Mendoza, the most important wine production area in the country. Wines of Argentina, the organisation that has been in charge of promoting the Argentine wines in the world since 1993, also organises the Malbec World Day, which has been celebrated since 2011. By means of Argento’s blog, The Real Argentina, discover the different activities celebrated during the Malbec World Day in several dozens of cities worldwide –New York, Sao Paulo, Toronto or London included. Vintage wine tastings, seminars, guided visits to vineyards and wineries and even balloon rides celebrate the arrival of the Argentina’s star grape. Many restaurants join the festivities with a special promotion of their Malbec wines, both varietal and assemblage wines (normally blended with the Cabernet Sauvignon variety). Besides, in certain places presents are raffled among the attendants to the events. The Malbec World Day is particularly popular in North America, where Malbec wines have been captivating wine lovers for the last decades.
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