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2014 Septima Obra Malbec from Argentina is Art in a Glass

Septima Obra Malbec is named a Wine Enthusiast Best Buy, Wine Spectator Best Value and Top Value 

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Luscious Malbec from Argentina

Septima Obra Malbec 2014

100% Malbec from the Luján de Cuyo region of Mendoza, Argentina

As the days get longer and warmer, I find myself wanting to drink wines that pair well with what I consider to be a perfect evening for outdoor cooking, or at the least, sitting outside to enjoy the moderate weather before full-blown summer makes it way to my part of the world.  Mediterranean-seasoned mixed grill of lamb chops, steak with zucchini and squash or a well made juicy burger piled high with cool, crispy vegetables will soon be on my spring time  dinner plate!

Mendoza’s Septima Obra Malbec is a luscious red wine that is moderately concentrated with detectable minerality supported by expressive fresh black fruits and hints of purple flowers. This is just what I need to confirm that spring is near and I am ready to come out of hibernation to yet another beautiful springtime.

My love for an uncomplicated wine-food pairing  always brings me to Argentina’s signature red grape varietal, Malbec.

Septima Obra defines the character of this discerning grape varietal from the premier Agrelos, Luján de Cuyo of Mendoza at the foothills of the Andes.  

Wine is art and terroir is the palette……when wine is crafted for sensory appeal and from creative inspiration.

The Cordorniu Raventos’ family winemaker, Paula Borgo, has combined the art, science, sustainability of winemaking into a work of art in a glass. She takes the Malbec grape and personalizes it to the family vineyard’s vision to express this wine-making region that she lives and breathes.

The sand loamy soil on steep slopes as well as day and night temperature diurnal differences is the magic that creates a wine with characteristics cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. Lush blackberries, mixed berry jam with a touch of floral vanilla, violets and dark cocoa with just the right amount of tannin texture in the mouth that makes you want more.

Grab the cheese plate, fire up the grill, fire pit and just simply enjoy.

Suggested retail price: $24.99



03 2016

Celebrate World Malbec Day April 17th with Kaiken Malbec in Your Glass and Paired with Meatballs! #MyFinallyFridayWine

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A glass of Kaiken Malbec and Rustic Italian meatballs! A Perfect Match!


 What is World Malbec Day?

 “April 17th not only represents the transformation of Argentina’s wine industry, but it is also the starting point for the development of Malbec as the iconic variety and international flagship of Argentina’s viticulture.”

  Read the complete article about World Malbec Day here.

History of Kaiken Winery

Founded in 2001, KAIKEN Winery is located in Argentina’s most traditional wine-growing area of Mendoza – Vistalba – one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious regions due to its singular terroir. In addition to its enviable diversity of soils, some of the oldest vines are found here, including 80-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon and 101-year-old Malbec vines. With such a heritage, as well as exceptional cellaring capabilities, the choice of Lujan de Cuyo in Vistalba as the location of KAIKEN Winery and main estate vineyard was a natural one.

Italian’s rule in Argentina!

Kaiken Winery produces premium Malbec in sunny Mendoza, Argentina – whose dining culture has been influenced by the country’s Italian heritage. It is estimated up to 24 million Argentines have some degree of Italian descent (up to 60% of the total population), making it the largest ethnic group in the country.

Today, as Chief Winemaker, Aurelio Montes del Campo is determined to continue with the family tradition and  further his fathers’ focus on producing the best Argentine Malbec. His father’s influence and passion for the wine industry, led him to focus on cultivating and showcasing the true expression of varieties from dynamic terroirs within and outside of Mendoza in a leaner, more elegant style.

There is a natural pairing between Malbec and meatballs!

The strong Italian culinary influence combined with the supple tannins, underlying lush velvety texture, lusty black fruit flavors  and amazing fruit flavors create a bold yet elegant and expressive wine which pair well with a variety of bold and highly flavored and smokey meat dishes, sausages and meatballs.

The Wines

 Kaiken Terroir Series Malbec ($17)  From the Uco Valley, it’s alluring floral, blueberry, and blackberry aromas lead to a lush, silky body backed by the structure and freshness of Petit Verdot, ending with a mineral finish provided by the Bonarda grape. Pair with Argentine Chimichurri Meatballs, Lamb meatballs, Danish meatballs made of lamb and pork, or a nice big meatball sandwich.


Kaiken Ultra Malbec ($24)– This serious wine has beautiful aromas of red berries, black cherry and hints of tobacco. Round and velvety with soft tannins, its dark fruit flavors have an added touch of vanilla and toast, followed by a long and smooth finish. Very, very elegant. Pair with chipotle meatballs, classic Italian meatballs, Moroccan meatballs or Wild Boar meatballs and my recipe (below) Fennel-Scented Ricotta Veal, Smokey Bacon and Pork Meatballs  which is a rustic Italian combination of beef, pork, veal and a smokey touch of Benton’s Bacon, a superstar local bacon popular with chefs around country, from Madisonville, Tennessee.


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Fennel-Scented Ricotta Veal, Smokey Bacon and Pork Meatballs
Recipe type: entree
Cuisine: Italian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8 to 10
Tender, succulent meatballs bathed in rich sauce over an earthy braise of Rainbow Swiss Chard
  • For the meatballs:
  • 2 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 4 T whole milk or cream
  • 1 cup whole ricotta cheese
  • 2 lbs ground pork
  • 2 lbs ground veal
  • 6 slices of uncooked very smoky bacon, minced ( I use local bacon from Tennessee-it's really smokey!)
  • 4 T grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 t fennel seeds, slightly crushed
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 T parsley, minced
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • For the Tomato Sauce:
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 cans/boxes of Pomi crushed tomatoes or San Marziano tomatoes, whole or crushed
  • If tomatoes are whole, crush with hands or use food processor
  • 1 cup of rich chicken stock
  • ½ can tomato paste
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 t dried marjoram
  • 1 T sugar
  • S/P to taste
  • For the Rainbow Swiss Chard:
  • 2 lb Rainbow Swiss Chard, chopped
  • ½ chicken stock
  • pinch salt
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  1. Meatballs:
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. In small bowl, combine bread crumbs & milk or cream and soak for a few minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, combine meat, bacon,ricotta,soaked bread crumbs, cheese, garlic, parsley, fennel
  5. salt/pepper to taste
  6. Add eggs and mix with hands thoroughly
  7. Using a large ice cream scoop 18/8, form the meatballs
  8. Place meatballs on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with s/p
  9. Bake for about 30 minutes, turning once
  10. For the homemade tomato sauce:
  11. Saute onions in olive oil then add garlic to soften
  12. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste and chicken stock
  13. Add marjoram
  14. Simmer over medium heat for 45 min to 1 hr until thick and rich.
  15. Adjust seasonings for flavor
  16. For the Rainbow Swiss Chard:
  17. Saute the greens in olive oil,s/p, red pepper flakes until wilted
  18. Add golden raisins and chicken stock allowing them to braise for a few minutes
  19. Place cooked meatballs into tomato sauce and warm for about 10 to 15 min
  20. Add a scoop of sautéed Rainbow Swiss Chard to individual bowls
  21. Top with 3 or so meatballs per person
  22. Parmesano Reggiano for passing
  23. Crusty toasted Italian bread for soaking up every bite!








04 2015

Thirsty Thursday Wine Pick: Antucura Malbec 2012 is Fruit and Floral Driven With a Touch of Black Pepper Just Perfect for Sipping or Pairing!

Find YOUR wine at 12th and Pine in the Gulch!

12th & Pine Wine and Beverage Shop located in the Gulch is where you can find Antucura Malbec 2012 $18

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From the Mendoza region in Argentina, this elegant Malbec Antucura 2012 emerges as a beautiful velvety, medium-bodied and expressive wine with a burst of fresh and juicy strawberries. A touch of juicy and tart blackberries with a peppery finish shows a pure expression of the Malbec varietal. The balance of acidity, fruitiness and a hint of black pepper and aromas of floral white flowers makes it a great wine for pairing, too.

Although the Malbec grape was once only a blending grape in Bordeaux, it has come into its own today as a very popular wine that is enjoyed by everyone for sipping or pairings.

Antucura Malbec 2012 is an all-weather wine. Drink now with hearty meals of Osso Bucco or oven roasted meats of beef and chicken. As the weather gets warmer Antucura 2012 will be just the wine for grilled burgers, steaks and ribs.

Lisa’s Wine Pairings: Antucura Malbec 2012 with rich and succulent Veal Osso Bucco in a veal and port demi-glace on top of creamy, mashed cauliflower with goat cheese and roasted garlic. This is lovely meal for any week night dinner or an elegant weekend dinner with friends.




Find your wine at 12th & Pine in The Gulch!

Plenty of free parking and a bounty of wines hand-selected by Ed Fryer just for you!



01 2015