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World Malbec Day


also Cahors Malbec Days 16-22 June 2015

World Malbec Day is on Friday 17 April 2015.

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Malbec is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. The grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins, and are known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine.

The French plantations of Malbec are now found primarily in Cahors in South West France. It is increasingly celebrated as an Argentine varietal wine and is being grown around the world.

Called Auxerrois or Cot Noir in Cahors, called Malbec in Bordeaux, And Pressac in other places, the grape became less popular in Bordeaux after 1956 when frost killed off 75% of the crop. Despite Cahors being hit by the same frost, which devastated the vineyards, Malbec was replanted and continued to be popular in that area where it was mixed with Merlot and Tannat to make dark, full-bodied wines, and more recently has been made into 100% Malbec varietal wines.

Amongst the UK events will be Fareham Wine Cellar in Hampshire where Dominic Lockyer will be holding a free tasting of 6 Malbecs.  For more info on World Malbec Day across the world see malbecworldday.com

For a French take on Malbec, Cahors holds Cahors Malbec Days 16-22 June 2015

Experience more than 300 of the World’s Finest Malbec Wines (international symposium, workshops, visits to wineries, master classes, gourmet banquets, concerts of contemporary artists)

– see www.french-malbec.com

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