Malbec is perhaps one of the most misunderstood red grapes around the world. Its roots lie squarely in France and its modern production is distinctly Argentinian. Sadly, however, many see Malbec as an inexpensive varietal not worthy of collecting or even purchasing. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Balanced acidity and tannin and a deep gorgeous purple inky color make for a lively drinking experience. Additionally, Malbec is a wine expressive of its climate. On one hand when smelled deeply and aggressively the warm weather wines scream cherry, raspberry, strawberry, spring break and sunburns out of the glass. Conversely, colder climates bring restrained dark fruits, especially blackberry and blueberry. Don’t be afraid to pair up this wonderful wine with some interesting foods, sort of like a first date… all the pairings will be memorable but some will just work and occasionally you’ll even want to bring one home for a sleep over. Some of our favorite matches are mushrooms, spicy food, roast meats, every and all cheeses, and long walks on the beach.