Movie & Wine Pairing


Alma Alma Andina Malbec Reserve 2014
Mendoza, Argentina

Wait Until Dark (1967)
SUNDAY, JULY 23 @ 06:00 PM (ET)
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Audrey Hepburn is one of the great screen icons, known primarily for her lighter romantic roles. But in this thriller directed by Terence Young (fresh off of three early James Bond classics), her character is befitting of a dark, intense red like this rich Malbec. Savor its complexities while Audrey’s vulnerable character outwits a group of con-men led by Alan Arkin.


“Malbec has reached startling heights of quality in Argentina,” says Robert Parker. It’s a modern wine phenomenon and one of our most popular varieties. This deep, dark Reserve is one of our favorites – it hails from some of the world’s highest vineyards, in Mendoza’s Uco Valley, and has won gold medals from two top shows (International Wine Challenge and Mundus Vini) the last two vintages in a row. Here comes the much-anticipated 2014 release, filled with the same intense, dark fruit flavor and framed by inviting spices. Tell us what you think – share your review online.


Alma Andina comes from Andean Vineyards, a top estate with modern cellars in Mendoza and San Juan. Their star winemaker is Australian native Steve McEwen, below. He worked extensively at home and in many parts of Europe before deciding to do “just one vintage” in South America. However, he fell in love – first with Malbec, then with an Argentinean woman. And he’s been here (happily!) ever since.


Mendoza’s Uco Valley is home to some of the highest vineyards in Argentina (with plantings up to 4,500 feet above sea level). The valley’s warm days, cool nights, dry climate and fresh Andean snowmelt are ideal for growing grapes, especially the country’s star red: Malbec. Bordeaux’s legendary Michel Rolland is just one of the many world-famous winemakers to set up shop here.


Steve recommends serving his Alma Andina Reserve with the juiciest cut of steak you can find (Argentina, after all, is renowned for its gigantic rib steaks). Our favorite is marinated skirt steak with tangy chimichurri sauce, left. Vegetarians shouldn’t feel left out – the rich, deep fruitiness of this silky Malbec also tastes delicious with hearty bean or quinoa-based casseroles.

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