25 years ago, Argentina’s leading red grape, Malbec, was relatively unknown to us. Some wine lovers probably knew the grape from Bordeaux blends. A few aficionados may have tried an inky black and very tannic French wine called Côt, the original Malbec from the Cahors region.
However, a dramatic rise in Argentina’s wine quality and incredible export success catapulted Malbec from the relative backwaters of the wine world to vino stardom.
Some of these Argentinian Malbec wines approach the power of a Cabernet Sauvignon with concentrated dark fruits and tasty tannins. Others, with higher acidity, have the finesse of a Pinot Noir.
Chile makes Malbecs and there are American plantings of the grape in states including California, Washington, Oregon, and Texas. There are also plenty of contrasting Malbecs within each country, depending on growing conditions and decisions made in the vineyard and winery.
Try these kits:
Original Series - 4 week kit, from Chile, flavours of blackberry, black cherry and oak
Estate Series - 6 week kit, from Argentina, flavours of black plum, clove and charred wood
- excerpts taken from Danny Wood article in Winemaker Magazine
I’m sure by now everyone has noticed the inflation we’re all experiencing lately. From utilities, to supplies, to gas and shipping costs, these increases have left us no choice but to re-evaluate our pricing.
Effective May 1st, our production fees for in-shop wine/beer/cider making will be increasing by roughly 7%. Our pricing on other products and supplies may see a 5-7% increase, depending on the supplier. We will be constantly monitoring these costs to provide our customers a fair price. Please be aware that on a $200 order, it will work out to about 47 cents more a bottle, still much cheaper than prices at the liquor stores!
This was a tough decision to make, and we understand how it affects our customers. If you wish to save money on some of your favourite wine/beer/cider, please make your purchases before April 30th.
We thank you for your ongoing support, and trust that these changes will help us continue to provide you with great quality and service.
Harvest Wine Outfitters