Malbec is not only the flagship varietal of Argentina that pairs perfectly with an asado, but it is also a significant artistic and cultural expression of Argentina. Malbec is the thread that ties together Argentine food, art, music and dance.
To celebrate the excellence of Argentine Malbec, April 17 has been designated as international “Malbec World Day.” Now in its fourth year, Malbec World Day events take place all over the globe, including cultural celebrations right here in the International Wine Capital, Mendoza. On Thursday April 17, the city will host several art and culture events to bring together neighbors and tourists for an opportunity to appreciate the quality and variety of malbecs grown in Mendoza’s distinct terriors.
To truly immerse yourself in Mendoza's most authentic Malbec pairing experiences, let this itinerary be your guide.
At 1:30 pm, head over to Plaza Independencia (between Patricias Mendocinas and pedestrian Sarmiento), just across from the Park Hyatt to enjoy one of the finest Argentine Malbec pairings: tango. Watch the tango dancers in the park as you sip your Malbec. Be prepared to discover new depths and expressions in the wine as the song and dance of the tango opens up your senses.
If the afternoon leaves you wanting for more, relocate to the Hotel Palace (Av. Las Heras 70) at 5:30 pm for another wine and tango event. Afterwards, wind down your evening with a jazz concert at 10:00 pm held at the City Hall’s terrace, Terraza Jardín Mirador, where you can enjoy a concert performed by great local jazz musicians. The whole jazz in the garden experience, not surprisingly, pairs perfectly with malbec.
Not able to make the trip to Mendoza this year? You can still celebrate Malbec with other Argentine wine lovers at events across the globe, including the Malbec World Day ‘Cambalache’ event in New York City. Featuring tango, art, Argentine food and of course, wine, you will feel like you are right at home in Argentina. This event takes place on Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 17. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.winesofargentina.com/cambalacheny/the-event/.
For a full list of Malbec World Day events in Mendoza, visit http://www.ciudaddemendoza.gov.ar/. If you are curious to know more about Malbec World Day events happening all around the globe, visit: http://www.winesofargentina.org/.
Fall is in full swing in April so be sure to check the weather before you go out. These events take place outdoors so we suggest you bring a jacket as it tends to cool off at night.
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