Wine producers of the world would like you to grab a glass of malbec today, on Malbec World Day, and toast to the magnificence of malbec. The grape originated in France during the Roman occupation two thousand years ago. After the phylloxera hit Europe in the late 19th century and the frost of 1956 which killed more than two-thirds of the malbec vines, France’s plantings of malbec have been reduced, but still has favor in Cahors. Introduced to Argentina 1868, by agronomist Michel Aimé Pouget, it has taken hold, with the largest planting of malbec in the world. Chile produces malbecs, and the United States is dabbling in the varietal. If you haven’t tasted malbec wines, they are a delight. The malbec wines are a dense inky violet, with a medium body, flavors and aromas of berries, cherry, plums, with earthy rich depth and black pepper spice. Open a bottle of malbec today and celebrate Malbec World Day.