On Sunday April 17th, we sipped our way through 25+ Malbec wines at 2nd Floor, a downtown Toronto event space. One of my favourite ways to celebrate a #SundayFunday is to enjoy delicious wines with family and friends. So naturally I brought my mom! Malbec is the signature grape of Argentina; the country with the most planted hectares of this variety anywhere in the world. This grape started our originally in the West of France (where it is know as Cot) has flourished in the various terroirs offered by Argentine geography, producing wines even better than in its homeland.
- Argentina is the largest producer of Malbec in the world
- 38, 485 hectares planted throughout the country
- Mendoza is the principal wine region 33, 306 (85%) hectares, followed by San Juan 2, 0459 ha, Salta 1, 058 ha, Patagonia 990 ha and La Rioja with 667 ha.
Every year Wines of Argentina celebrates Malbec World Day globally on April 17th, and this year iYellowWineClub hosted the Toronto celebration for the 5th time. In Argentina, on April 17th 1853 a project was presented to the Provincial Legislature , with a view to establishing a Quinta Normal and Agricultural School. This is why the 17th of April is chose by Wine of Argentina to celebrate Malbec World Day. Quinta Normal is a symbol for the transformation of Argentina’s wine industry and the starting point for the development of this strain and the emblem our country, worldwide.
This is how it works. Walking in we received a sampling glass and gold star stickers – which need to be placed on our most favourite bottles. Inside, the lofty room is a buzz with wine talk. Wine makers and merchants fill the space displaying a select few of their favorite wines for sampling.
No tickets to worry about here, just grab a glass and sample away! Malbec’s most significant characteristic is its intense dark colour. Aromas are dominated by fruits such as plums and red berries like cherry and raspberry. The palate can be soft and sweet thanks to its tannins. Medium bodied to intense with balanced acidity – characteristics of wines from warmer climates. Because of its freshness and versatility, pairing dishes from around the world is a breeze.
- red meats
- grilled protein
- firm cheeses
- rich tomato sauces
The more stars on a bottle means the more fabulous fans it attracted. Malbec is a multi-sensory experience, “simulating our palates and our hearts”, Vineyard Manager Martin Kaiser. I selected a few pictures to share with you, keeping my favourite of my favourites until the end 🙂
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