Red Wine | Malbec

Published on January 23, 2012, in Wine, Wine Tasting.

Among the “big six”, the Malbec grape originates from the Bordeaux region of France, but has become Argentina’s signature grape. Say Malbec to a wine lover and they will reply Argentina.  Malbec is making a new name for itself with red wine lovers everywhere.

Malbec is typically a medium to full-bodied red wine. Ripe fruit flavors of plums and blackberry give it a jammy characteristic with firm tannins and a dense color.

Malbec is definitely a red meat wine that is adaptable enough to stand up to spicy Mexican, Cajun, Indian or Italian fare. Consider serving Malbec with barbecue, chili and sausage.

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Food and Wine Event Aspen CO | Cooking Demonstration and Wine Tastings Aspen Colorado

If you didn’t travel to Aspen to ski this winter, then you might be interested in the 30th Anniversary of the Food and Wine Classic to be held June 15 – 17, 2012.  This event has been the premier culinary and wine event of its kind.

Each June, FOOD & WINE magazine hosts 5,000 highly targeted consumers, members of the restaurant industry and press in Aspen. The three-day weekend brings FOOD & WINE to life with cooking demonstrations and wine tastings. Seminars led by wine and food superstars such as Jacques Pépin, Mario Batali and Tim Love as well as Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse and Giada De Laurentiis.  Rounding out the menu of chefs are wine experts  Ray Isle, Marnie Old, Paul Grieco, and Josh Wesson.

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Wine and Art Seattle WA | Learn to Paint Seattle Washington

Looking for something new for girl’s night out, bridal showers, birthday parties, or team building?  Try a Corks and Canvas Event paint party and learn about amazing Washington wines while painting your very own masterpiece.

Corks and Canvas provides all the supplies, your first glass of wine for inspiration and step-by-step instruction. At the end of the event, you go home with your very own masterpiece. Select what you want to paint or the venue you want to visit by clicking on the calendar page then register online.

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Alcantara Vineyards | Winery Verde Valley Arizona | Wine Tasting Verde Valley AZ

Alcantara Vineyards, the first winery on the Verde River in Verde Valley, AZ,  is one of the largest vineyards in Central and Northern Arizona.  Their high country vineyards, are flourishing and make the perfect getaway when you are looking to enjoy Arizona wines in a spectacular setting.

Alcantara Vineyard is perched on 87 acres of sloping terrain at the confluence off the Verde River and Oak Creek. The 10 acres currently planted contain 9500 vines across the gently sloping shelves of limestone and rocky soil that define this portion of the snaking Verde River that bound the property on three sides. The vines that are planted are Merlot, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Petite.Syrah, Charbono and Mouvedre.

A newly constructed Tuscan-style farmhouse serves as the tasting room for hosting the many friends and guests from around the globe that visit the vineyard and tasting room.

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Vineyard Elgin AZ | Handcrafted Wines Elgin Arizona | Winery Elgin AZ

Kief-Joshua Vineyards is a small family business that is situated on 20 acres in Elgin, Arizona, right in the middle of what has become known as “winery row.” They have about ten acres under vine, consisting of ten different varieties: Tempranillo, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Syrah, Zinfandel, Reisling, Semillion and Viognier.  Kief-Joshua Vineyards specializes in dry, full-bodied wines that are handcrafted using traditional methods of barrel aging and gentle handling to produce top quality wines for any occasion.

Kief-Joshua Vineyards offers a tasting room with a magnificent view of the beautiful mountain ranges of Sonoita and is the perfect setting to taste their acclaimed wines. Upon entering, guests immediately feel the warm Italian Gothic ambiance of this elegant setting in Elgin, Arizona.

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Vineyard Willcox AZ | Winery Willcox Arizona | Wine Tasting Willcox AZ

Carlson Creek Vineyard is a family owned vineyard and winery located just outside of Willcox in the heart of Cochise County in Southeastern Arizona. Situated at 4200 feet above sea level, the vineyard takes advantage of the warm Arizona sun and the crisp, cool evenings to create the ideal environment for growing wine grapes. The vineyard concentrates on Rhone varietals that are complimented by the temperature and soils resembling those of the Rhone Valley in southern France.

 Enjoy the hospitality of their tasting room located in the historic heart of Willcox, Arizona.  There you can enjoy a selection of their wines, and purchase bottles to take home.  Their tasting room staff is very attentive and accommodating.

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