Sunday, February 14, 2010

Malbec, Malbec and more Malbec

As my regular readers - all 5 of you - know, I'm in Argentina this week for vacation. On Tuesday my friends and I head to the promised land (Mendoza), but until then, we'll be drinking a boatload of wine and I hope to make enough time to talk about it.

First, let me start by saying that we've been buying said "boatload" of wine at the Disco. It's not that we've been purchasing our wine where Gloria Gaynor rules, Disco is the name of a local Super Mercado chain and it, along with Farmacity, has become one of my favorite stores EVER.
Disco also has phenomenal prices on wine (the expensive bottles are in the $12-$15 range). We've been buying in the mid-range ($5-$7) and getting great bottles. Last night we had Don Maza 2007 Malbec. I picked it specifically because I'd never seen it in the U.S. I found a picture of a it on Google images so maybe you can find it in a store near you but I'm guessing it will cost a lot more than the $6 we paid!!!! In any event, it was nice - spicy, dry, some nice bright fruit - just what you want in a good Malbec. It was a little lighter than expected, which worked really well since it was our pre-dinner bottle.
At dinner last night I had a glass of Alamos Malbec, which has always been reliably yummy. My friends opted for the double wide bottle of Stella Artois. The beauty part is that dinner and drinks came to about $22 each - and that's with tax and tip. Getting down here is expensive, but once you're down here it's so cheap.....I may never leave. Especially since tonight we picked up a $5 bottle of Malbec, Perdriel Terruno 2006, which we're currently enjoying. I'm not loving it as much as last night's wine - the alcohol masks the fruit a little too much. However, for $5, what do you have to lose?!?

Tonight we're off to a steak house and will likely enjoy even more wonderful Malbec (and Torrontes and Stella and who else knows - chances are we won't spend over $40 each).
Until the next sniff, sip or quaff (or steakhouse or pre-dinner bottle),


Alli M.


Wendy said...

Have a great time, ladies!

elliej said...

We had a lovely Valentine's Day dinner at GCC tonight. Our wine was Chilean -- I think it was Postal something or Castle something -- very rich and smooth. (Sorry I've blanked on the name.)

me said...

Such a bon vivant! Enjoy!

Alli M. said...

we are having a fabulous time. thanks for all the wishes!

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