Cost: Average price $7
Where buy now: Costco – $5.59, Muni – $5.99
Grapes: Blend – 88% Tempranillo, 6% Bonardo, 3% Shiraz, 3% Merlot
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
What did I do today? I played hooky. That’s right, a good ol’ fashioned day of cuttin’. A weekend spent at my folks’ house (full of relatives) ignited the desire for some much needed alone time. Oh sweet, sweet nectar of the gods, to what shall I surrender my sobriety this fine day?
I look into my wine fridge to see… two bottles. Shit! TWO bottles!?! Not just any two bottles- both are from our trip to Sonoma County a couple years back. I’m not breaking into the $28 bottle of Cline’s Mouvedre nor B.R. Cohn’s Cabarnet that I bought for a cool $55! [Don’t ask. Well, if you must know, it was the last winery stop of the day. I was D-runk and D-vorced from all acumen; I thought nothing of it when I slapped down that plastic.] I ain’t drinking these on a Wednesday afternoon.
Alas, it’s off to Costco. We “need” a new microwave and I need a fix. I spent roughly $60 and came home with seven bottles. Not too shabby.
I cozy up with the dog, a wine glass, a corkscrew and the ever so classic Malbec from Conquista. What’s this? I don’t even need the corkscrew? Just screw the top off, baby, and watch it gush. No shame here: screw top wines are perfect for when you’re camping/tailgating/lazy. Function equates to quick consumption, kiddies!
Mendoza, Argentina is where many bang-for-buck wines are coming out of lately. Malbecs are generally pleasing, and this little number was like easy-listening music. I don’t hate it but I ain’t crankin’ up the radio, either. That said, with a price-point of $4-$6, right now I’m loving this “Air Supply”.
I bought this bottle at Costco for $5.59. However, I’ve seen it at many other liquor stores for $5.99 (or once in a while a 2/$10 deal can be found). Don’t bring this to a dinner party or as a hostess gift, though. They’ll probably know it’s inexpensive and you don’t care to spend much on them. DO drink this during the week when you are home, it’s 2:30 in the afternoon and you’re looking for a cohort to play hooky with.
4 thoughts on “Conquista Malbec”
Shamefully, I think I have brought that as a hostess gift to a dinner party (or two) but only because I like it, and it’s not uncommon for me to have an extra bottle of it lying around waiting to be a last-minute-out-the-door tagalong to a party. Of course, when I first discovered it, the price was closer to (egads!) $9. I think it’s dropped in the past couple years. It’s a fairly stable malbec. I’ve tasted some really bad ones, and some better ones. I think Conquista holds its own.
Dear Brian ~
Truthfully, there is no shame in anything we drink. (If that so happens to be Yellow Tail, I’ll bite my tongue and try not to judge!)You drink what you love! Thanks for commenting!
The Cohn CABERNET is a bit spendy for the quality. You should try Anderson’s Conn Valley Reserve for that price point.
Dear John ~
Thanks for commenting and for the recommendation! I’ll give it a look see and try it out soon!
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