Many of Argentina's wine regions are known for their Malbec
Malbec is a major red variety in Bordeaux, France and is Argentina's signature grape. This powerful grape is also grown in the United States, Australia, and Chile. Generally it produces a light style, well colored sweet wine that tastes of plums, berries, and spice. Malbec wines mature quickly and are best consumed young. Pairing suggestions for Argentine Malbec include Leg of Lamb, Roast Beef, and Roast Chicken.
Argentine Malbec wines can be relatively inexpensive, starting at about $9 or $10. Among the suggestions for these wines are Archaval Ferrer for about $20. Tastes include blackberry and boysenberry fruit with hints of violet and mineral. If you are ready to spend in the mid-forties, Catena Alta from Nicolas Catena comes highly recommended. It offers a lot of dark fruits with hints of chocolate and exotic spices. All in all it's a powerful but balanced wine. For a change of pace try the Crios de Susana Balbo RosÚ which comes in at about $13, tasting of ripe strawberries and cherries. Like most rosÚs don't wait long before drinking it. Of course the food pairings are different; this wine is best with light-tasting meats such as chicken and turkey. You may prefer her red Malbec in the $20 range.