To Malbec !

Frank Corr celebrates with Argentina

This article appears in the June-July issue of 'Hotel and Restaurant Times'

‘Please- not another Arthur’s Day’ was my initial reaction to an invitation celebrating  ‘Malbec World Day’.

If Malbec can climb on this band-wagon are we to be assailed by ‘Days’ celebrating every grape varietal on Earth?.

Hopefully not, but regional wine producers will certainly be looking with interest at the publicity for this particular grape and wines of Argentina, generated by the third annual ‘Malbec Day’ in key territories. They will also take note of the edgy theme of this year’s event which has enlisted the support of graffiti artistes who will either enhance or vandalise  (depending on your viewpoint), various public spaces around the world. The message that ‘Argentina wines are for the young’ is however very clear.

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The Pope's Wines


On Wednesday 14th March the world witnessed Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio step out onto the balcony in the Vatican and become Pope Francis, the first Argentinean and indeed the first South American to assume the highest position in the Catholic Church.

The bonds between Italy and Argentina are strong and long-established and the appointment of Pope Francis - himself born in Buenos Aires to Italian emigrants - seems to personify this relationship. And as is so often the case the world of wine reflects the realities of life, so let us introduce to you a unique wine that, like Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was born in Argentina to Italian parents.

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Wine Buyers Prefer Quality

Irish wine drinkers believe that quality is more important than price when it comes to buying wine, according to a new survey conducted by Santa Rita, the Chilean wine brand.

86% of respondents said that quality would be the ultimate deciding factor when it comes to deciding which wine to buy. That said, price is still a significant factor, with 83% saying it would impact on their purchase decision.

The survey results also show that some wine drinkers have little interest in quality or price, with 52% saying they decide which bottle of wine to purchase simply by looking at the label!

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