The Consulate General and Promotion Centre of Argentina celebrated its 7th edition of World Malbec Day on the April 17, 2017 at the Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai, with an evening dedicated to Malbec, reports Suneeta Sodhi Kanga
The Consulate General hosted a limited number of distinguished guests including diplomats, CEOs, HNIs, sommeliers and major players from the food and beverage industry. While enjoying top class wines served by the finest wine importers, the audience also got to witness a visual spectacle of tango.
It was an enriching experience for wine enthusiasts who learnt a lot about Argentina. Speaking at the event, Acting Consul General Alejandro Zothner Meyer said, “Every year we celebrate Malbec Day all over the world to honour this flagship grape that has great potential. I believe that Malbec will soon find itself winning over the palates of our friends here in India as well.”
The “Malbec Week” kicked off a series of events in different cities around the world including promotions in restaurants, wine shops and bars, open air tastings and big closing parties to pay tribute to the flagship grape. The seventh edition revolves around the Malbec grape as the heart of Argentina, since it has given the country’s winemaking industry a booming reputation over the last 20 years.
The wine line-up in the evening included some fabulous wines from various importers. There was Pampas Del Sur Reserve Malbec 2015 from Aspri Spirits, Susana Balbo Crios Malbec 2015 from Wine Park, AG Forty Seven Malbec Shiraz 2015 from ACE Beverages, Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec 2015 from Sula, Bodega Norton Coleccion Malbec 2015, and Callia Alta Malbec 2015 from Brindco.
World Malbec Day is celebrated to commemorate the day when the former President of Argentina, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, officially made it his mission to transform Argentina’s wine industry. The Malbec varietal was brought to Argentina from France in 1853 by Michel Aimé Pouget, a French agronomist who was hired by Domingo Faustino Sarmiento to run the “Quinta Agronómica de Mendoza”.
Since its first edition on April 17, 2011, this global tribute to the Malbec variety of wines has witnessed an ever-increasing participation from countries across the globe. Last year, more than 60 countries participated; a clear signal that Argentina is making its mark on the world wine market!