Wine: Malbec's marvellous journey

While malbec enjoys celebrity status in Argentina, its origins in France are of a much humbler nature, writes Tomás Clancy.

27th April, 2013
From unpromising beginnings, malbec has become the national grape of Argentina. Photo: Getty

I am obsessed with books - wine books in particular. It's just that words are irrevocably fixed when they appear in paper and ink; the open and fluid nature of electronic media means that the joy of the fixity of physical material is sadly, and sometimes even dangerously, lacking.

A case in point is in Jancis Robinson's seminal 1986 work Vines, Grapes and Wines. If you google malbec today, you will read about the rising...

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