Movie & Wine Pairing


HJ Fabre ‘Barrel Selection’ Malbec 2016
Patagonia, Argentina

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
THURSDAY, MAY 23 @ 03:30 PM (ET)

Accompany Spencer Tracy to the mysterious desert town of Black Rock while sipping this rich and full-bodied Malbec from Patagonia. Enjoy this John Sturgesdirected film for its flawless craftsmanship and compelling tale of justice. Its frontier setting is the perfect match for such a dark and wildly flavorful wine.


Bordeaux-born Hervé Fabre is a pro at making topnotch Malbec, and his higher-end Patagonian ‘Barrel Selection’ signals a new benchmark for his Fabre-Montmayou estate. The 2016 vintage alone sports major acclaim. Its honors include a 91- point rating in Master of Wine Tim Atkin’s “Top 100 Argentine Wines of 2018” list, 92 points from the International Wine Challenge, and a gold medal and 95 points from Decanter judges, who called it “deep and brooding, with a lovely purity of fruit and a young, floral, dark cherry nose ... a very good expression of the new Patagonia.”


Nearly 30 years ago, Hervé and his wife Diane (below) left France for Argentina. They now run one of the country’s leading estates, with a quality obsession akin to a top Bordeaux château. Rigorous vineyard care keeps grape yields low and flavor concentration high. Sustainable farming practices benefit the environment and the wine. And, true to his heritage, Hervé swears by his favorite, fine French barrels to mature his top reds.


WM_HerveDianeFabre_walkingPatagonia is Argentina’s extreme southern frontier. Down here, icy-cold Antarctic winds produce uniquely tight clusters of tiny, thick-skinned Malbec grapes – and reds of serious color and flavor. While it’s cooler here than in Argentina’s central and northern wine regions, the harsh edge is tempered by the warm La Zonda wind that famously whistles through the mountains.


steak_filet_vegArgentina’s famed for its delicious beef, so it makes sense that Malbec is the classic pairing for steak, from Argentinean skirt steak (with tangy chimichurri sauce) to New York strip. Why the match works: Malbec’s full body stands up to the weight of the meat while its ripe, round tannins cut through the fat. Not a steak lover? Try Malbec with hearty, tomato-sauced pastas.

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