Clos Siguier 2011 Cahors (750mL), $10-$12
Enough already with all those Argentinian Malbecs you keep bringing to the party -- if the people hosting know anything about wine, they’ll think you’re boring. Show up with this French gem and make sure to tell everyone: “It’s the best Malbec from France, earthy and fruity, and the French have been growing Malbec for centuries, long before Argentinian winemakers.
Alamos 2011 Malbec (750mL), $9-$12
Remember what I just said about Malbec from Argentina? I was kidding, of course. Anyone who bashes Argentine Malbec is an amateur and a traitor to wine connoisseurs. Alamos’ grapes are planted in the foothills of the Andes, as high as 5,000ft above sea level -- a view that would shame old man Hearst. The wine is full bodied and juicy with raspberry, mocha, and sweet spice notes.