kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Something big and bold for your Father's Day meal

Planning to make a "manly" meal on the grill for your father on Sunday? Looking for a wine to stand up to big, red meat? Try Malbec. This grape, famous for its use in red Bordeaux (blended there with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot), is big and bold, with brambly fruit, grippy tannins and spice. It's fast become Argentina's signature red varietal.

The 2004 Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec is one to try, and there are lots of other great producers, too. Coat some rib eye in garlic and black peppercorn, grill some corn on the cob with chili powder and lime butter, and make some stuffed baked potatos. Then pour glasses of Malbec alongside it all, and propose a toast to your father.