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Raise Your Glasses Buenos Aires! It’s Malbec Week

By | [email protected] | April 7, 2016 12:01pm

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This brilliant one week event was conceived by Wines of Argentina and offers a variety of activities revolving around the most distinctive of all Argentine grapes – Malbec. Talks with experts, discounts, open air and free tastings are just a few of the things to get excited about. The week’s high peak will be on Saturday the 9th, Malbec World Day but there are activities from now until Sunday. So get your game face on. It’s Malbec time. 

The week begins with special priced bottles in over 50 restaurants and bars all over town. Aldos (Moreno 372) will be offering a special Happy Hour promo the entire week: you get to try two glasses of Malbec and Malbec Rosé for only AR$ 90. If like us, you think a juicy steak is the perfect match for a full bodied Malbec, then you should probably include Don Julio (Guatemala 4699) in your dinner plans. Some of their best Malbec offerings will be available at a lower price. Down in San Telmo, cozy Pulperia Quilapan (Defensa 1344) will be offering a tasting of bodega Finca Biondi on Thursday evening for only AR$ 100. Downtown BASA (Basavilbaso 1328), Floreria Atlantico (Arroyo 872) and Gran Bar Danzon (Libertad 1161) have created special menus to be paired with Norton’s Trilogia Lote.

Open Air Wine Tastings

The idea of the open air tastings, is to take a tour of the best wineries in two completely different areas of the City. The first one wants to guide you through Villa Devoto on Wednesday night. The second one, will take you through the cobblestone streets of San Telmo on Thursday evening. Both events will go from 7pm until 10pm. You only need to pay 100 pesos for a glass of wine that will be your partner in crime the whole evening. Discussions will be held by experts and sommeliers in each neighborhood. In Villa Devoto the exchange will focus on “Malbec, its roots and current panorama”, while in San Telmo, the questions revolve around the “gourmet or anti-gourmet” factors behind Malbec wines. The weather forecast says the rain and cloudy weather should be gone as of tonight, so you have no excuse to miss out on this event. You can book your spots online, otherwise make sure to get there on time!

La Noche de las Vinotecas

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Yes, wineries finally have their own night. Over twenty of them will hold special tastings from 7pm until midnight on Friday night. Bodega Bressia will introduce its Malbecs at Pain et Vin (Gorriti 5132), while Argentine artist Nicolas Rocha opens his exhibition and creates some new pieces on the spot. Did we mention it’s FREE? De Barricas (Dorrego 2085) will also have a night under the subtle notes of a live Bossa band. Casa Chêne (Paunero 2880) in Palermo Chico has invited bodega Finca Sophenia to delight its visitors with their delicious Malbec. The setting by the terrace should be ideal as there will be a live DJ set to set up the mood. If you are in Recoleta, we recommend you try La Vinoteca (Montevideo 912) their FREE tasting includes some of the best bottles of Malbec from Achaval Ferrer. They will have special tastings and prices for Zuccardi Wines and Vicentin Family Wines bottles during the rest of the week too. Don’t hesitate to check out the back room, there will be an art exhibition opening that day as well. Can’t beat art and wine. 

Central Event – Malbec World Day:

Saturday the “main event” will invade the Hipodromo de Palermo. Starting at midday and going until midnight, the day’s agenda includes tastings, talks, live music and yes… food!

The cost of the entrance is AR$ 200 and it includes… basically all the wine you can drink. You’ll get a glass at the door, and then it’s up to you to keep it filled up with your favorite Malbec varieties from over 50 different Bodegas. Once you start to feel dizzy you can stop by the Food Truck area and give your stomach a delicious break.

Before you get to that point though, you might want to stop by the open talks that will be held that day. “Malbecs aren’t all the same” conducted by journalists and experts Diego Gaona, Daniel Rosa y Pancho Barreiro is one conversation we are looking forward to getting in on (scheduled for 3pm).

Bonus Round

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Pulperia Quilapan wanted to give this week a remarkable closure by inviting you to their very own Fiesta de la Vendimia. The highlight activity in the agenda: making wine with your own feet. Yeah, you heard just right. Pulperia has even set a goal: getting 250 Liters of trodden wine. Are you up for the challenge? If you’re not so keen about getting covered in grape juice, you can still come and take part on the talks that will guide you through the entire process of making wine. Plus, there is no entrance fee.  

If you want to get more detailed information on this week’s events, visit the Semana del Malbec website. Last year, Malbec World Day was celebrated in over 90 different cities around the world, and over 500 bodegas took part on the festivities. As for how many glasses were drunk, we’re not sure anyone was able to keep the count.