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David Sparks Ph.d Malbec Wine
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Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: January 21, 2019

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Malbec is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. The grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins, and are known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine. The Malbec grape is thin-skinned and needs a lot of sun and heat to mature. It ripens mid-season Greg Algier at Houston Winery grows the malec and talks about why the 2018 season is going to produce such great wine.

“Temperatures have been fairly moderate so we have not had extreme high heat. We have had nice heat. I think if we can keep this nice heat pattern throughout the year, we could have a very special vintage year.” Houston Vineyard is one of many in the area that has helped make Canyon County a destination trip for visitors from Oregon, Washington and Utah mostly, but Algier says the reach is becoming worldwide. “I have entertained people in my tasting room from Germany, from Australia, from Japan, I have had people from all over the world in my tasting room coming here to experience our wine.” For people looking for a new wine tasting experience, here is a tip from winemaker Algier: “the grape I am most excited about in Idaho, from a farming perspective, from the quality of wine perspective, there is something very unique about our malbec.”

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