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Mad About Malbecs

October 14, 2009

“How does the other half live?” he says after sipping his favorite malbec. It’s known as the poor man’s cabernet yet Mr. Cosgrove is far from poverty level.

A vibrant, young man in his late twenties, Kenneth took over operations of his family’s business after graduating from the University. As an avid reader of The Civil War Times, Cosgrove has a passion for history, particularly Southern history at its best. The publication has won several awards for its variety of articles including “The South Will Rise Again,” “History Repeats Itself,” “Robert E. Lee Turns Me On” and of course the infamous “Lincoln Drops F-Bomb During Gettysburg Address.”

Mr. Cosgrove is looking for the perfect mate and lifelong partner who “will shag dance, drink the Champagne … of Beers, and frequent low brow gas stations all in one night.” He comments further, “At the same time, she must have all of her teeth intact, display a passion for literature and she better be at least a 20 handicap on the golf course. Considering I usually eat a can of beans or soup for dinner, the ability to cook a complete meal is a serious plus.”

“Enough about me, let’s talk malbec,” he says. Among his favorites are the 2005 Trapiche Malbec Oak Cask from the Mendoza region in Argentina and the 2008 Maipe Malbec, also from the Mendoza region. As Kenneth annunciates Ar-HEN-tina, he tastes the vanilla and fruit forward tones of the varietals. Surprisingly, he purchased both bottles for under $20. He is a thrifty man, with his future net worth in mind. Cosgrove recommends a can of green beans for pairing with the Trapiche. The Maipe is a meatier wine which calls for his only other dinner option – hamburgers, extra charred. 

As we discuss the varietals, Mr. Cosgrove glanced at my shoes, and remarked, “So, who are you wearing?” We then proceeded into a discussion of the Marc Jacobs Fall line versus Michael Kors. Mr. Cosgrove certainly knows his couture designers, but he’s really a Carhartt guy at heart, while always sporting the latest authentic Nike Clemson Coach polo. He just wishes he was the coach.

Kenneth will continue to contribute to this blog providing occasional reviews of malbecs and when he’s selling surplus amounts of fuel, the house cabs. And, if he really gouges the prices, he might spring for Bordeaux. For more information regarding Mr. Cosgrove, please comment.

And, ladies, need I remind you, he’s single.

Mr. Cosgrove sports his official Clemson coach polo. He's mad for malbecs.

Mr. Cosgrove sports his official Clemson coach polo. He's mad for malbecs.

Among his favs are the Trapiche and Maipe malbecs

Among his favs are the Trapiche and Maipe malbecs

*Advanced apologies for the blurred imagery, taken via Blackberry.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. theartfulabode permalink
    October 14, 2009 7:53 pm

    you know i love a good malbec! thanks for the suggestions!

    • ehagood permalink*
      October 14, 2009 8:20 pm

      Especially now when it’s starting to get chilly outside!

  2. Becky permalink
    October 15, 2009 3:28 pm

    My favorite malbec is the Altos Las Hormigas! Delicious and a great value.

  3. October 16, 2009 12:31 pm

    I’ll have you know that Maipe graded out at 90pts by Wine Advocate! Nice writing evie!

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