Malbec has become increasingly popular throughout the United States. It was originally near the Bordeaux Region near Midi, but more recently has become the home of New World wines especially Argentina. Malbec adds color, body and richness along with berry fruit and structure in each glass.
Here is Malbec's universe of flavors: [varies from winery to winery]
FRUIT: Blackbery, Black Cherry, Black Olive, Black Plum, Mulberry
WOOD: Chocolate, Mocha, Vanilla
OTHER: Black Licorice
Malbec goes great with beef, hamburger, game of all types, rich root vegetables such as parsnips or carrots, stews, and stronger cheeses such as Roquaefort, Gorganzola, Port Salute and others. Avoid aggressive washed rind cheeses like Epoisses or Chimay. Malbec will overwhelm fish, cream base sauces, most Asian dishes, and delicate white meat such as pork, poultry or veal.
At Kirk's Korner we carry a variety of Malbec from around the World and at price friendly cost to the consumer. Next time you want a full bodied Red, try a Malbec!
Some of the world's oldest wines come from Italy. Did you know Italy has over 2,000 native grapes?
Many customers do not recognize the various names of Italian wines, such as: Barbera, Lambrusco, Cuvee, Sauvigon Blanc, Moscato, Cortese, Dolcetto, Barolo, Barbaresco, Rose', Chianti, Valpolicella, Sangiovese, Trebbiano, Montepulciano, and many others too numerous to mention. But, they are all great wines!
What makes Italian wines different is the soil and climate. Different regions in Italy have different soil conditions and minerals, different growing conditions and different climate from sea side to mountains. Italian wines are full bodied, yet sweeter than many others [with exception of German wines].
Let's discuss the most widely known Italian wine, the Chianti. The region lays between two great art cities of Florence and Siena. The altitude ranges from 300 feet above sea level to around 2,000 feet above sea level. The area is 1/5th mountain and 2/3rd hills. The coastal area is open and flat. The basic soil type is sandy-calcareous marl, variations in the mix of clay, stones and minerals. The most prized soil contains a flaky compressed clay called galestro or a rocky substance called alberese. The climate is hot, dry summers with risk of harvest rains. The coastal climate is warm and dry. July, for instance, averages 75 degrees F. Now, I don't know about the grapes; however, the weather is perfect for me!
Don't be afraid to experiment with your wines. Variety is the spice of life! Try different varieties to determine those that meet your requirements best. At Kirk's Korner we carry a variety of Italian wines and will try to suit any call needs you might have. The Perfect Pour is here for our customer's enjoyment and love of wines!
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Fact: Do you know that a primary grape used in most Champagne is the Chardonnay grape?
At Kirk's Korner we have a nice selection of French wines in our wooden, lay-down cabinets. We carry both reds and whites for your discriminating taste that will be sure to tickle your taste buds! France has long been famous for its wine regions and the unique flavor of the grape from its soil and climate. Some of the more famous regions are: Champagne, Alsace', Burgundy, Loire Valley, Rhone Valley, Bordeaux and South France.
The Chardonnay grape is grown in many different countries, soils and climate - all which give the variety a different and unique flavor. The world's most popular white grape is the Chardonnay. It is the main grape in burgundy and plays a crucial role in champagne. The Chardonnay grape generally makes a full-bodied, drier white wine; but, its flavor varies dramatically from crisp and steely to intense and tropical, depending upon where it is planted and the techniques used in wine making. The most intense flavors come from California, Chile, Australia and France.
Come to Kirk's Korner and choose the Chardonnay of your choice as we have numerous selections from the price conscience to the more rare varieties and, of course, from all regions of the world!
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Author: Tom Mason
Owner of Kirk's Korner in York, Nebraska, Tom is well-educated when it comes to Spirits, Fine Wines and Beers & Microbrews. The Perfect Pour provides a space for you to explore the ins and outs of your favorite adult beverages. Have comments? Please comment or contact us so we can chat more!