Who’s up for celebrating wine? Malbec World Day is serious business across the globe. For those playing at home Malbec is a purple grape variety used to make red wine.
It also happens to be one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine. Argentina is where most of Malbec production is taking place, so Malbec World day is kind of their thing. But, as per usual, us Aussies want to take part in the wine-making action.
With more and more award winning Malbec coming out of our fair land, Malbec World Day deserves its own event down under, don’t you agree? Bottle Shop Concepts (the booze hounds behind Game of Rhones and Pinot Palooza) sure do, which is why they created Gauchito Gil’s Malbec World Day in 2014 (Gauchito Gil is a legendary Argentinean figure) to showcase wines from here and Argentina. And giving punters a chance to try them both.
Back again this year, over 80 styles from each country will be pouring on April 17 at Ormond Hall. Producers include Argentina’s Archavel Ferrer, Jed, Two Men, Rutini, and Australia’s Matchbox Wines, Ferngrove, Brothers in Arms, and Chalmers ‘Arturo’.
With that much wine happening, food is important. In the spirit of the origins of the event, Melbourne’s best restaurants will be creating empanadas of all kinds, battling it out to see who will take home the ‘Golden Empanada’ award which last year went to Huxtable (Professional) and San Telmo (People’s Choice). Again, two trophies will be awarded – the Peoples Choice Award is voted for by the people, obviously and is voted for on the night. The Professional Award takes itself a little more seriously being judged by food and wine experts Richard Cornish (The Age Epicure), Mike Bennie (Wine Front), Gemima Cody (The Age Epicure), Hilary McNevin (The Age Epicure), Tim Fisher (Broadsheet) and Claire Davie (Melbourne Gastronome). That’s a tough line-up.
Go thirsty and curious.
Gauchito Gil’s Malbec World Day
Friday 17 April 2015, 2pm to 9pm
Ormond Hall, 557 St Kilda Road Street, Melbourne (Enter via Moubray Street)
$40 per person, includes a Riedel Magnum wine glass and all the wines