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Meritage Red Blends


It's In the Air!

With a long–awaited spring comes a renewed appreciation for fresh air and warmer weather. Let's celebrate spring with a glass of Malbec. Better yet, how about a glass of wine and a tutorial on how to aerate wine properly?

Wine aeration is the act of increasing the exposure of wine to air in advance of serving it – in other words, letting your wine "breathe." The simplest method to allow your wine to breathe is to pour some into a glass and swirl it before taking the first sip. Two other more formal methods are using a decanter or a specialized wine aerator.

Depending on the wine's age, most red wine varieties need to be aerated, while most white, rose, champagne, and sparkling wines typically don't require aeration because their flavor is more delicate.

The exceptions are Burgundies, white Bordeaux wines, and Alsace wines, all of which are dry, white, full-bodied wines with a heavier mouth feel that will be tastier if they're given a chance to "breathe" before drinking.

It's important to note that aeration times depend on the age and type of wine. Here's a handy guide on wine age, wine character, and suggested aeration times:

Young Red Wines (less that 8 years) Typically strong in tannic acid Require 1–2 hours of aeration
Mature Red Wines (more than 8 years old) Typically more mellow Require 30 minus. of aeration, if at all
Very Old Red Wines (more than 15 years old) Very mellow and flavorful Require no aeration
White, Rose, Champagne, and Sparkling Wines Have delicate notes Require no aeration
White Burgundy, White Bordeaux, and Alsace Wines Dry, full–bodied wines with heavier mouth feel Require 1–2 hours of aeration


For wines requiring a shorter aeration time, pouring wine into a glass, swirling it around, and letting it "breathe" for a while is a perfectly suitable way to aerate your wine.

In other cases, using a decanter – a vessel specifically for aerating wines. A decanter is a great tool for younger wines that require longer aeration or for older red wines, which need to be separated from bitter–tasting settled sediment.

How about practicing your aeration by trying out Hannaford's Wines of the Month? This month's wines are all Malbecs – young, full–bodied red wines that require 1–2 hours of aeration for improved taste and enjoyment. So, pop a cork, take a pour, let it breathe and enjoy!

Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec

(Argentina) is a purple–colored wine with plum and black cherry notes with a touch of black pepper. The palate is soft and round, with ripe, saturated berry flavors and finishes spicy and full, with chewy tannins.

Trapiche Oak Cask wines are the flagship of the Trapiche estate and represent the best in combined quality and value that Argentina has to offer. Each of the Trapiche Oak Cask selections are sourced from estate and outside vineyards throughout Argentina's Mendoza region.

Food Pairing: The Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec is yummy with cheeses, red meats, mushrooms, stews, and with the traditional Argentinian dish, asado.

90+ Cellars Lot 23 Malbec

(Argentina) has a deep ruby-purple color malbec that boasts exquisite aromas of blackberries, ripe plum, and robust spices. Well balanced with ample structure and mild tannins, upon finish it provides a flavor of dark fruit and hint of wood smoke, leaving an elegant and lasting impression.

Partnering with highly respected wineries around the globe, 90+ Cellars provides fine wines that cost you less money.

The 90+ Cellars Lot 23 Malbec is delicious with roast beef, peppercorn flank steak, penne with sausage in red sauce, or with pizza.

HandCraft Artisan Collection Malbec

(California) contains a dash of Zinfindel and gives off robust aroma of blackberry, plum, and roasted coffee followed by flavors of blueberry compote, cocoa, and plum. A medium-bodied Malbec, this wine is juicy and smooth, showcasing an optimal balance of acidity and plush, structured tannins with a soft and lingering finish

HandCraft Artisan Collection is part of California's oldest winemaking families – Gaspare Indelecato – and provides fruit–forward, delicious wines containing a dash of Italian varietals resulting in palatable, distinctive, and memorable wines.

Food Pairing: The HandCraft Artisan Collection Malbec is well served with Italian foods where the bold flavors of the wine pair beautifully with rich and savory dishes, such as red meat and pasta.