April 17, 2013

Malbec World Day

“Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” - Francis Bacon Sr.

It's Malbec World Day!

On this day in 1853 Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, President of Argentina, submitted a proposal to transform the country's economy through enhancing their wine industry. Michel A. Pouget, a soil expert from France, brought over new varietals for Sarmiento including pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, and malbec. Fast forward a bit and France experiences some difficulties with their wine crops - the phylloxera plague damages much of the vines in 1863, and then in 1956 a frost kills off nearly all the malbec vines - leaving Argentina the only country growing the original French malbec vines. However in 1980, due to a consequence of a crisis, a large percentage of malbec vineyards are uprooted leaving only 10,000 acres left. A decade later the little varietal that could, however, flourished in the limited land it had and became one of Argentina's leading export. According to the Malbec World Day website, "April 17 is chosen by Wines of Argentina to pay tribute to malbec, a symbol of transformation for the Argentine wine industry and a wine star that shines all over the world.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

I couldn't tell you the first time I had a glass of a cab or a chard, a reisling or a port, but I vividly remember the first time I had a malbec. It was October, and I was at the Sufjan Stevens concert in Portland, ME with my younger sister, and one of my best friends, Cari. We were sitting on the floor, just three rows from the stage where one of our all time favorite musicians would be performing, and after a year filled with heartache for both of us - for the first time in a long time - we both knew it was all going to be okay...

The point? Malbec will always hold a special place in my heart because it will forever remind me of that single perfect moment that renewed... transformed (the key word which seems to be this wine's destiny)... my existence.

For more information on Malbec World Day check out their website, or find them on Facebook or Twitter.

Happy Malbec World Day!