Wines From Argentina To Try on Malbec World Day 2021
April 13, 2021
This year, I’ve made a concerted attempt to celebrate the special wines days that pop up on social media. From Riesling Day to Pinot Noir Day, I’m trying to have a bottle ready and waiting for each one. My efforts are so sincere that I made a 2021 Drinks Calendar to guarantee I don’t miss one. But there’s one day that I never skip, one that was such a focus during my previous role working for a wine agent, that I always celebrate every year. Malbec World Day 2021 falls on April 17th (as it does every year), and I’m doing it up big!
I recently wrote an article for SOMM TV that dives into the origins of Malbec World Day and explains why it’s such an important day to recognize. The industry in Argentina has grown substantially over the past 20 years and it’s all thanks to the French grape, Malbec. Last year, I dedicated a post to some popular Malbec bottles. For Malbec World Day 2021, keep your eyes peeled to my Instagram. In the week leading up to April 17th, I’ll be sharing over a dozen bottles to look for and try during your celebration of Malbec World Day.
…here today, I’m looking beyond Malbec and recognizing the immense growth that Argentina has seen to become a major player in the wine world. So when choosing your Malbec for this Saturday, grab a second bottle – perhaps one of the following wines – and appreciate other varieties that Argentina has to offer. Specifically, Cabernet Sauvignon!
I realize it’s weird to talk about Cab in the lead up to Malbec World Day. But go with it! Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for just over 12% of red varieties in Argentina, about three-quarters of which is planted in Mendoza. On its own, Cabernet Sauvignon is robust and fruity but it also acts as a great structural addition to a red blend and ages well in oak. It has so much going for it, it’s no wonder it shows so well in Argentina.