Let's "pretend" I don't know anything about wine, just for argument's sake. Now, how would you explain Malbec? Sure, deep reddish-purplish color, intense fruitiness, that's a good start. But how does a French varietal practically become the national wine of Argentina? Those two countries don't even share a border, do they? (Do they?) And what's this business about Pierre Galet documenting more than 1,000 synonyms for Malbec? How do you even know what you're drinking, and what you should be expecting taste-wise? This is why I drink water right from the tap — no confusion there. If you're "hypothetically" as wine-ignorant as I am (wink
), consider attending Greetings from Argentina
, a Malbec tasting event at Morton's of Chicago (7822 Bonhomme Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-4008 or www.mortons.com
). You'll sample Malbec from Trapiche, Michael Torino and Broquel, enjoy Morton's signature hors d'oeuvres and learn to appreciate the mystery of this deep red wine. Reservations are $45 per person, and seating starts at 6 p.m.
Mon., June 8, 2009