Sipping the South: A brief history of South American Wine.

malbec wine by ricardo martins

By Robert Horvat

Recently a good friend of mine presented me with a bottle of Malbec wine imported from Argentina. I looked at him curiously for a moment, like a wine snob from France might look at a New World wine from Australia. I really didn’t have a good reason to be arrogant. There was nothing wrong with this wine. In fact, this variety of grape grown in Argentina is quite palatable and unique in favour. To best describe its flavour, I shared my Malbec with my friends, whom all said it had a hint of blackberry, plum and black cherry. (Not everyone picked out two or more flavours!) Later I discovered that this variety of grape was originally from France. It is still grown there, but it apparently never became one of the top French varieties because of France’s climate and poor resistance to pests. So instead it found…

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