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Wine Pairing

Wine: 2015 Alberto Furque Malbec, Uco Valley, Argentina
Regularly $16.99, Special Price $14.44

Cheese: Gabriel Coulet Roquefort, Combalou, France
Regularly $24.99/lb, Special Price $19.99

After a visit to the old Bodega Aconquija, Alberto Furque was convinced it was the best spot to grow quality grapes in Argentina. The farm, built in 1938, is well situated in the village of La Consulta, in the Altamira of Mendoza’s Uco Valley. The high desert of the Altamira can produce grapes of superb ripeness and excellent acidity, and is recognized as one of Argentina’s premier growing regions. Alberto purchased the property in 1996 and updated the property with new equipment and a winery.

Uco Valley is the western sub zone of Mendoza and home to the vineyards where the high altitude and arid climate help provide not only good concentration of fruit and aromatics in the wine but allow many of the vines to be planted on their own root. Because Phylloxera never took hold, Mendoza has some of the world’s oldest and most diverse Malbec vines.

Produced from their oldest vineyards, this violet-red colored Malbec presents a delicate combination of sour cherry, plum and currant aromas. It is a persistent wine in the mouth with a great structure.

From the caves of Combalou in southern France, Roquefort, arguably the world’s greatest blue, has been produced since the 1400’s! Roquefort’s heavenly flavor is reminiscent of the cavern air where the cheese ripens and the mold naturally grows, transforming the ewe’s milk it’s made of. This variety is round, deep, and perfectly balanced. Because this Roquefort can be sweet and fudgy, with a peppery finish, we think it perfectly compliments this week’s wine.