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Wine 101: Malbec

Originally used as a blending grape in France’s Bordeaux region, Malbec has found its true home in Argentina’s Mendoza region.

There, the grape produces darkly fruity wines with hints of black pepper and leather—like a traditional rustic country red, but with riper, fuller fruit. Malbecs are often very affordable, too, and go wonderfully with steaks and roasts, hearty stews and grilled sausages.

Rustic, Peppery Malbec

Spicy Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Top Bottles

  • Terrazas de los Andes (Argentina)
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  • Altos Los Hormigas (Argentina)

The following wines pair particularly well with grilled steak:

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Published February 2008
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