Magnificent Malbecs - From France to Argentina - BYOB or just come & taste

From it's birthplace in SouthWest France to Argentine vineyards in the shadows of the snow capped Andes, Malbec has swept to prominence in the wine world. At this meetup we will taste a wide spectrum of Malbecs to get a handle on this grape.

I will be bringing 2 Malbecs from Cahors in SouthWest France to put up against the Argentines. Come taste the difference between Old and New world Malbec.

Call it Auxerrois, Côt Noir, or Pressac, it's the all the same, Malbec. The grape is indigenous to western France. Little known, Malbec is actually one the 6 grapes allowed to be blended into Bordeaux. It was planted widely in Bordeaux until the horrible 1956 frost. After that it was replanted in Cahors SW France but not Bordeaux.

In Argentina, the grape was brought over in the 1870s and was widely planted, especially in Mendoza. The Argentine Malbecs tend to be less tannic, and more fruit forward.

$5 if you bring a bottle, $10 to just taste. We will put the fees in a pot and the winner, (whoever brings the best rated bottle will take home the pot (Minus food expense). Blind Tasting.

Meat and exotic cheese plates provided.

Great Value event, the last 8 times, everyone got to taste at least 10 wines, and the winner took home money for bringing the best wine.

Once again, whoever brings the best wine (Blind rated), will take home the pot. If we get 10 people to show, the after expense pot should be at least $50, Last week the winner took home $95.

We will taste blind and rate using the Robert Parker 100 point system.

Think you know Malbec? Bring a bottle and let's find out. If you bring the best bottle, you will go home with the winnings. Last time the winner took home $95, week before the pot was $80.

Starts at 7PM, but feel free to show up early, I always have a bottle or 2 open.

So, Bring a bottle, throw in $5 to the pot or $10 to just come and taste.

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  • Doris

    I found that in general I like Malbec....Great time, thank you Rusty once again for a wonderful wine tasting!

    March 13, 2014

  • Rusty

    Had a great night drinking Malbec. 16 bottles.

    Elizabeth E was the winner with a 2009 Altos las Hormigas $20 at Fred Meyer.


    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Dan M.

    Great to see everyone last night! Amazing chance to try 16 different Malbecs side by side, really got to see quite a spectrum. See you all next week!

    March 12, 2014

  • Stephen B.

    Incredible 16 tastings! Bumped myself OFF the wait list and attended anyway. Glad I came, learned a new descriptor smell, "barnyard". Fun evening with fun and friendly conservation.

    March 12, 2014

  • Peggy A.

    Another wonderful evening. Thanks Rusty for making it so educational!

    March 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yet another great event with a great group of people. Rusty does such an awesome job at putting these gatherings together!

    March 11, 2014

  • Kelly

    I just got off the wait list and it's 645. I'm not going to be able to make it with such short notice. I hope I can make it to one of these fun events soon.

    March 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    sadly, i'm going to be stuck at work late, can't make it tonight. and believe me... i realllllly could use some wine right about now.

    March 11, 2014

  • Travis

    I'm in the same boat I am just now leaving tricities

    March 11, 2014

  • Thalia

    It looks like I have to work late tonight, so i'm going to have to cancel! I hope to see you all again at another tasting soon!

    March 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bummed I had to miss the last get together due to a family emergency. Hope a spot opens up on this one, love a great Malbec!

    March 5, 2014

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