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Malbec is the HOT varietal in red wine. Taste Malbecs from Argentina, Australia and Chile.

Last year’s Malbec tasting was a blind tasting of two Argentinian and one French, we all had a great time and the Argentinian’s came out on top – so let’s see if Australia or Chile can take the crown this year.


In-Store tasting:

On Saturday, I’ll be opening three Malbecs for a free tasting. You will be able to compare two Argentinian Malbecs (a regular and a Reserva)  with one from Cahors, France.

Tasting will be done blind so you won’t know which one you are trying – let your senses guide you as to the wine you most prefer.

We’ll have the bottles open from 2pm to 5:30pm (If I have wine left, I’ll continue after LUTC).

Although this is a drop in tasting as usual, I’d appreciate an RSVP by email to or a phone call to the store (604) 947-2729 to let us know you intend to come and if you are bringing anyone with you.

Just In

Domaine Marcilhac Cuvée Prestige – super French red from Cahors the spiritual home of Malbec. Tasted this last month and thought it ideal for Malbec fans interested in expanding their horizons. 100% Cot noir (malbec). Produced and bottled en domaine.

Ironstone Reserve Rous Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel – Tasted this at the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) tasting and was simply the best of the eight super wines presented in my opinion. This is a single vineyard product produced from vines planted in 1909. Perfect Christmas present for the Zin Fan – not widely available either.

Bleasdale Langhorne Crossing Generations Shiraz – A rich, cellarable Aussie red. Will be opening a bottle for tasting Christmas week.

Will have lots of new wines at end of this week and in next 3 weeks too. Swing by and check out our selection

Next free tasting is this weekend, Saturday November 28 2-5:30pm in store

Bleasdale Winery Portfolio tasting

The Bleasdale Winery produces wine in Langhorne Creek, South Australia. The Potts family have owned and made wine there for 5 generations. I had the pleasure of meeting Robbie Potts, brand ambassador and brother of the current winemaker, at a wine tasting in September. True salt of the earth character – one could easily visualise a bush hat with corks swinging from it as his normal attire 🙂

Planned for the tasting will be the following:

Chardonnay/Riesling blend (white)
Langhorne Crossing Shiraz/Cabernet/Malbec blend (red) – this is a popular wine in our store
Malbec – Although the winery has used Malbec in its blends for some years this is their first single varietal wine produced from this grape. I scored 2 cases out of 28 shipped to BC. Rivals Argentinian Malbecs and at under $20 and well worth trying.
Frank Potts – named after the founder of the winery, its 89% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot/Merlot
Generations Shiraz – this is their icon wine – gorgeous.

All these wines are great value across a spectrum of style and price. Hope we’ll see you Saturday

Coming Up

Malbec Taste-Off on Saturday December 5th, featuring 3 Malbecs (so remember to make notes on the Bleasdale). Two will be from Argentina and one from Cahors in France – the spiritual home of Malbec. We will be sending an eGrapevine reminder next week on this one.

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