New Pairing to Try: Malbec + Grilled Steak
Star Selection: 2005 Mapema ($19)
Argentine winemakers Pepe Galante and Mariano Di Paola joined forces a few years ago to create their Mapema brand, which focuses on affordable, delicious wines like this espresso-scented red.
2007 Altos Las Hormigas Mendoza ($12)
The vibrant purple hue and intense black fruit signal the youth of this lush Argentine red.
2007 High Note ($13)
American-based importer Peter Click and Argentine vintners José Rodrigo Calatayud and Laura Catena teamed up to create this smoky, blueberry-rich Malbec from Argentina’s Uco Valley region.
2005 Tiza Mendoza ($19)
Oak barrels add distinctive spice notes to the plummy flavors of this cuvée made for wine importer Fran Kysela.
Classic Pairing for Grilled Steak: Cabernet Sauvignon