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world malbec day advertorial 2012_red wine - malbec-3.jpgA legitimate reason to consume wine

Call it serendipity, call it geographical coincidence – in Argentina, the passion devoted to beef endows it with an almost religious status, so it’s appropriate that this South American country is also home to arguably its finest wine match.  

Historically grown in South West France where it is known as Cot, the grape all but disappeared from the region due to its sensitivity to disease – but not before vines were exported to South America in the mid-19th century. April 17 1853 saw the birth of the Quinta Normal in Mendoza, a vital development for the Argentine wine industry and now, the same date provides a great reason to open a bottle on Malbec World Day.  

Once more a staple grape in South West France, the Argentinian variety is a very different beast to its French ancestor, producing silky, textured wines that boast flavours of black fruit, spice, dark chocolate and black pepper. The most intense examples can be found in high-altitude vineyards, with wines from lower vineyard sites demonstrating softer tannins and less intensity. But wherever it’s planted, Argentine Malbec provides the perfect counterpoint to the finest beef dishes.

In restaurants 

Black & Blue

A London restaurant group specialising in steaks and burgers, and featuring a good range of Malbecs from the pioneering Catena Zapata.

Berners Street | Kensington Church Street | Rochester Walk | Wigmore Street

Casa Malevo - Casa_Malevo_2010_-__DSC1864.jpgCasa Malevo

A stylish restaurant in Connaught Village that serves up authentic Argentine cuisine to pair with the 16 Malbecs on its wine list, which you can peruse here.

Constancia

An Argentine gem in Borough offering plenty of Malbec and prime Argentinian sirloin and rib-eye.

De La Panza

In honour of Malbec World Day, enjoy a 50% discount on your second bottle at this Argentian café-style eatery in Islington.

Garufin

Along with its north-London sister Garufa, this Holborn Argentinian offers superb pampas-reared steaks but broadens the menu to incorporate regional cuisine such as locro, a stew filled with pulled pork, beef, chorizo and pumpkin. Thanks to its two Enomatic wine machines, Garufin also provides fresh choices by the glass or carafe.

Hawksmoor

Hawksmoor Guildhall - Hawksmoor_Guildhall_2011_-_1.jpgWidely recognised as one of the best steak restaurants in London, its Malbecs include fine examples from Carlos Pulenta and Luigi Bosca.

Hawksmoor Air Street | Hawksmoor Guildhall (pictured, left) | Hawksmoor KnightsbridgeHawksmoor Seven Dials | Hawksmoor Spitalfields

The Bull Steak Expert

Executive chef Daniel Veron hails from Argentina's Pampas region and his restaurant deals in classic cuts of Argentine steak with full-flavoured accompaniments and beefy reds. they even have a dedicated Malbec list.

Vivat Bacchus

Vivat Bacchus (with branches in Farringdon and Southwark) is well known for its wines and love of a good cheese pairing, and includes Malbec on its excellent list.

Find out more about Malbec wine here

Published 17 April 2014