Having been to Argentina and drunk loads of Malbec, I know I never need an excuse to drink more, but I’ve got one tomorrow. The 17th of April, tomorrow, marks the first Malbec World Day, that will see Wines of Argentina partner with wineries around the world to create a series of unique ‘vintage 2011’ Malbec wines – yummy!
In the UK, Chapel Down, one of the UK’s premier producers, is collaborating with Wines of Argentina to create an authentic Argentine Malbec with an English twist. Chapel Down will crush, press and bottle the Malbec grapes which have been picked from Gaucho Restaurant’s vineyards in the heart of Argentina’s wine region in Mendoza. The wine will then be aged by Chapel Down, ready to be released on Malbec World Day 2012, when it will be sold in Gaucho Restaurants, at Chapel Down and at selected retailers around the UK as a limited edition.
To celebrate the partnership and creation of the wine, Chapel Down is inviting visitors on an exclusive tour of its vineyard and winery tomorrow, Malbec World Day, to explain how the wine will be made. Guests will be offered tastings of Argentine Malbec and Chapel Down’s own wines.
Events, tastings and offers will also be taking place across the UK throughout April to celebrate Malbec World Day, including a large-scale Malbec promotion at Majestic’s 200 stores; a Malbec experience with authentic food; music and tango at the Sunday Times Wine Club Vintage Festival and a Malbec Tasting day at Harrods on Malbec World Day.
Gaucho Restaurants will be offering complimentary mini Malbec Masterclasses for all guests dining at a Gaucho restaurant up until 22nd April; and will also be hosting a series of events throughout the month at Gaucho Broadgate, including a ‘Meet the Wine Director’ dinner with Phil Crozier, a leading authority on Argentine wines and the inaugural Gaucho Broadgate Kilo Club dinner, with Malbec wines to match each course.
Happy drinking peeps!