It’s World Malbec Day, so drink a Washington Malbec

By on April 17, 2015
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Malbec grapes ripen on Washington's Red Mountain

Malbec grapes ripen on Red Mountain during the 2013 vintage. (Photo by Niranjana Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Welcome to World Malbec Day. As if you needed an excuse to pop the cork on a bottle of Washington’s newest darling red wine.

world-malbec-day-logo-blackMalbec, originally from France’s famous Bordeaux region, has made its way into consumers’ hearts through the efforts of Argentina. In the past couple of decades, the South American nation has made Malbec its national grape, and finding examples of inexpensive Argentine Malbecs on grocery shelves is not difficult.

In the past half-decade, Malbec has turned out to be a terrific grape for Washington. While it has long been a blender here, winemakers have begun to recognize its ability to stand along. Indeed, it is not difficult to put together a tasting of dozens of Washington Malbecs.

Alas, most Washington Malbecs are made in small amounts because the number of acres planted in the state is somewhat low. Thus, most Washington Malbecs are available primarily in tasting rooms, specialty shops or directly to wine club members.

Here are a dozen Malbecs from Washington wineries that are worth seeking – and celebrating.

About Great Northwest Wine

Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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