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Wine, etc: Sampling Argentinean malbecs

Wine, etc: Sampling Argentinean malbecs

Malbec has certainly had its trials. A blending grape that gave color to Bordeaux for most of its history, malbec found new life in Argentina. Because its thin skin is vunerable to frost, it all but disappeared in the late 1960s. It's still grown in the Cahors region, but it's in Argentina where malbec found a grateful foothold. Argentine winemakers were able to overcome malbec's lack of acidity by planting it in higher elevations in the mountainous Mendoza region. The warm days and cool nights give grapes more natural acidity. Thanks to that country's strong marketing, malbec found new life. Today, about 75 percent of the world's Malbec comes from Argentina. ...