by Marty Cook
The Malbec grape initially rose to prominence in southwest France, although it probably originated in northern Burgundy. It is in southwest France that Malbec, also known as Côt, is used to produce what was known during the Middle Ages as the ‘black wine’ of Cahors.
Malbec is one of the six allowable red grapes that are permitted to be used in Bordeaux blends, and it is the fourth most widely planted of these six grapes in the Bordeaux region; but, despite its French origins, Malbec has also become very prominent in other wine growing regions of the world. The most notable of these regions is Argentina, where 70% of the world’s Malbec plantings are found. As a result, Malbec and Argentina have become nearly synonymous on restaurant wine lists throughout the United States.
Argentinian Malbec wines tend to exhibit more black-fruit flavors, softer acidity, and a chocolate-smooth finish, while French Malbec wines tend to be a much lighter style with lower alcohol and more red fruit and floral/herbal aromas.
An evening of comparative wine tasting will reveal the broad spectrum of aromas and tastes that can result among wines made from the Malbec grape variety when grown in a diversity of terroir, and it will also demonstrate the differences between Old World and New World wine styles.
Malbec is on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Hilton Harrisburg. Pricing to be forthcoming-not yet available for reservations.