- Union Wine Co. doubles production, adds sales reps beyond Oregon
- Abacela brings home more gold with Grenache rosé
- Individual tickets available for 32nd annual IPNC in Oregon
- Taste Washington grows attendance by 15 percent
- Deep roots in wine lead Elizabeth Bourcier to La Rata in Walla Walla
- Tony Rynders helps Open Claim Vineyards start with Chardonnay
- Seattle businessmen buy controlling interest in Walla Walla’s Abeja
- British Columbia wines golden at California’s Pacific Rim judging
- Wild Goose Vineyards Pinot Gris repeats as Cascadia best of show
- GSM among Washington’s most delicious blends
Marvelous Northwest Malbecs
It once was a trivia question (“Name a minor red Bordeaux grape?”) until Argentina’s Mendoza region made it famous.
Now Malbec is beginning to take a starring role in the Pacific Northwest – particularly Washington. A Wine Press Northwest judging in 2012 drew a remarkable 89 entries, while a Great Northwest Wine blind tasting showed top Washington examples keep up with the high end of Argentina.
And just last week, a Malbec from the Snake River Valley won the fifth annual Idaho Wine Competition.
Even though just a small amount is planted in the Pacific Northwest, Malbec is becoming a big deal.
Here are a dozen examples we’ve tried recently.