Op-Ed

An Argentine wine movement is fermenting among Miami millennials

Miami attorney Rachel Streitfeld enjoys a Malbec at the Argentine restaurant Bunbury in downtown Miami.
Miami attorney Rachel Streitfeld enjoys a Malbec at the Argentine restaurant Bunbury in downtown Miami. WLRN.ORG

Attorney Rachel Streitfeld is a Miami millennial – and, like many if not most millennials, she's a big wine lover. But she’s not into Cabernet or Merlot or other traditional reds. Sitting outdoors at Bunbury downtown, Streitfeld has just opened a bottle of Argentine Malbec.

“I don’t drink Cabernet Sauvignon because it makes me think about the wine my parents would buy for Shabbat dinner,” Streitfeld says, savoring the first sips of a 2013 DiamAndes de Uco.

“Any time I have a girls night, Malbec is pretty much going to be my go-to bottle.”

Thanks to fans like Streitfeld, Malbec even has its own day. April 17 was World Malbec Day and Miami was one of 44 cities around the world where a bash was held, in Edgewater by Biscayne Bay. Among the Malbec devotees was University of Miami Latin American history professor Steve Stein, a South American wine expert.

“It’s a more fruit-forward, a more rounded and easier wine to like,” Stein told me after giving a speech on Malbec at the Edgewater fiesta. “The average wine drinker is looking for something that creates immediate pleasure. It’s damn good.”

To read Tim Padgett’s entire column, click here.

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