For those of you who simply shy away from red wine, perhaps a trip to Malbec mecca might change your mind. It certainly changed mine.
January 8, 2013 was a life changing experience for me. Why? We were in Mendoza, Argentina, home to the famous Argentinian Malbec. I haven’t always been a fan of red wine in general (Note: I seem to react to Australian wines. By react, I mean hives & what-not. Something to do with the sulfites wine harvesters put in our soil – or so I’ve been told), but I figured how often am I in Argentina?
It just so happens to be hubby’s day of birth & so, I decided to take him to a ‘lavish’ wine tour with Trout & Wine Co. Ok, ok I know what you’re thinking: how can you not bike around the vineyards like normal travellers? Simple – I can not ride a bike. Period. True story! Thinking back now, I probably should’ve done it. Meh.
[When I actually update my blog with our South American tales, I will give you a detailed account of our time there]
Let’s just say that when I had that first sip of Malbec – I believe it was from the Trapiche Winery (Maipu Valley) – I was hooked. I can’t believe this is what I’ve been missing, I kept screaming inside my head at the time. I found it quite smooth & so easy to drink.
And I knew that there’s no turning back.
Reason for this random tale is that I’m well into my third glass of Malbec – this time the Santa Julia Malbec. No, the real reason for this random tale is that I just wanted to share with you something I discovered upon that first taste of Malbec. If you have been paying attention, I did mentioned that before that life changing trip, I found myself quite allergic to Australian red wines. Now, do not take this advice without first seeing your doctor (or speaking to a wine buff), but I haven’t had a single allergic reaction (to red wine) since I opted for Malbec. Could there be a direct correlation? Who knows. But why fix something that’s not broken? Why question it at all?!
Anyway, I found these really useful links a few weeks ago from ASCIA & Wine Folly on foods/beverages containing sufiltes & possible allergic reactions. It may clear up some lingering questions (or a fun fact you can store for later).