Wine Up Wednesday on Thursday 

Happy Friday Eve!

I’m running a day behind in my Wine Up Wednesday series I promised myself I would write every week. Not sure if I will be able to keep up with the weekly wine posts considering I haven’t bought or opened a new bottle or had any wine for over a week. Some people might call that control, I call it being lazy and poor.

 

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The Queen does not approve.

 

I’ll play this one by ear and see how it goes.

The wine for this week is another one I bought at the magical wonderland that is Trader Joe’s, Amancay Winery Malbec. Before I bought this bottle, I had never tasted a Malbec before. It wasn’t a wine I heard/read about very often and didn’t know anyone who drank it. Thanks to TJ’s for setting up the sample stand and letting me pour this down my word hole!

When I first learned about Malbec on a wine site, I thought it sounded like something gross your grandmother could keep in her cabinet beside the Metamucil and Kaopectate. While the name is less glamourous than Cabernet Sauvignon or even Merlot, Malbec deserves some time in the spotlight. According to Wine Folly, Malbec is growing in popularity.  Could it be Malbec is the next Pumpkin Spice Latte? Doubtful.

 

 This Malbec is much sweeter and less dry than Merlot or even Cab. It has a fruity taste while still being rich and full bodied like a good red should be. One of the coolest things about Malbec is the color. Other red wines have a red (duh), purple, or burgundy color. Malbec has a distinct magenta shade. 

 

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Not only is it tasty, it’s pretty! Win. Image via.

 

This one is tasty by itself and also with some cheddar/mozzarella Frankencheese also from TJ’s. I didn’t have any “real” food with it but I imagine it would go practically well with red meats and rich vegetables.

Official Wine Up Wednesday Score:  5/5Cerseis

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