Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, May 25 2023

Malbecs, Asados and Summer

By: Anthony Gismondi
The Ultimate Barbecue Red

When someone mentions tango, gaucho, pampas, or asado, it’s easy to think of Argentina.

However, when the wine is the subject, malbec is the word that best elicits modern day Argentina. Today malbec accounts for approximately 40 percent of red grape plantings in the country at 45,661 hectares, or more than 75 percent of the world’s malbec. A quick look at BCL store listings would suggest Argentine wines are moderately popular, but they could still learn something from the French. Out of 89 wines, 43 are listed as malbec. Only one of those labels sells for over $100, while more than half sell for less than $20. Contrast that with France, which boasts 1238 wines in the market, 83 selling for $1000 or more. In short, the Argentine category could use an infusion of site-specific malbec and malbec blends if it’s going to climb out of the cheap and cheerful category. In the meantime, we present a list of malbecs we like for the price that are widely available across British Columbia. If you are planning a barbeque and you want some soft, drinkable red wines, start here.

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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For over 30 years, he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. The twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through the Postmedia Network to millions of readers. In addition, Anthony hosts the BC Food & Wine Radio Show, broadcast in 25 markets across B.C. and available as a podcast on major platforms. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million monthly users from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource full of tasting notes, intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers. Conversations with wine personalities are available on his  YouTube Channel.