White's Wine: Making Mum’s dayBy Stuart White
March 10, 2010
My mother loves nothing more than a slap-up steak dinner.
It’s a special-occasion-only treat for her and, as we know, Sunday is a special occasion (Mothering Sunday, gentlemen).
When I think of steak I think Argentinian Malbec every time. And as this is the big day it is worth paying a bit extra for a wine you know is going to make your mum happy.
So my choice is the Fabre Montmayou Barrel Selection Malbec 2007, available exclusively at Laithwaites for £10.49.
Firstly, the bottle looks the part, especially with the International Wine Challenge 2009 gold medal bling stuck on the label.
Full bodied and smooth, with black fruit aromas and oaky spice flavours, it is just crying out for a prime hunk of grilled beef. Powerful stuff.
It is made by a Frenchman at a boutique winery in the heart of Argentina and can be bought at laithwaites.co.uk or by calling in to the Reading branch store in Theale or the Binfield Shop in John Nike Way.
Laithwaites have also this week lent their support to the Chilean wine trade by donating five per cent of all Chilean sales to the South American nation’s earthquake appeal.
The aim is to raise funds to help the country rebuild its shattered infrastructure.
Tony Laithwaite said: “Several of our Chilean wine producers – really good friends who we’ve been working with for years – have been hit hard by the recent earthquake.
“We want to encourage our customers to choose Chilean wines when they make their normal orders this month.”
Laithwaites have 68 bottles to pick from online or in store.