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“Malbec World Day” or “Malbec Mondo” as English speakers prefer to say is celebrated on April 17 to commemorate the day back in 1853 when Argentina’s President Domingo Faustino Sarmiento officially made it his mission to transform Argentina’s wine industry. He asked Michel Aime Pouget, a French soil expert, to bring over new vines from France and amongst Pouget’s selection, was Malbec. In the following years, the Malbec varietal flourished in Argentina’s dry, and sunny weather, particularly at high elevations. Today, Malbec is Argentina’s star varietal.
Here we are for Malbec World Day 2019 and I received a trio of Malbec samples from the Hess Collection portfolio, specifically from Bodega Colomé and Bodega Amalaya. The wines are produced in the Calchaquí Valley in Salta, Argentina. The valley has altitude – from 5,500 ft to over 10,000 ft above sea level – making it one of the highest viticulture …