As a wine lover who lives a few minutes from Birkdale, you may be surprised to learn that I've only visited Corkscrew twice. During those visits I sat outside, only ventured inside briefly.
So, last night I ventured out of my house to check-out Corkscrew. It was one of the best ideas I had all day!
I walked in, sat down at the bar, and took a look at their wine menu. Since I was only ordering a glass, I wanted to get something new ... something I'd never tried before. (After all if it sucked, I didn't want an entire bottle!) I settled on the 1919 Malbec from Argentina.
It's my first Malbec, so I didn't know what to expect. It's a dark purple red wine that smells of cherry and spice. Upon drinking it I tasted currant, cherry, spice, and a hint of minerals and black pepper. It's slightly dry on the finish, but not so much that it made my mouth feel like I just ate a cotton ball.
This Malbec comes from the Mendoza region in Argentina. Being a thin-skinned grape, it doesn't take well to freezing. And apparently the Mendoza vines in Argentina produce larger grapes in tighter clusters than do their French counterparts.
Also, I just wanted to give a shout-out to the folks at Corkscrew. I had a great time while there. Though I brought the paper to read, I didn't get to read much of it. I had animated interactions with some regulars. And I enjoyed my conversations with the bartenders.
The wine was good, but I enjoyed hanging out at the bar more. I plan to have a few more tastings at Corkscrew before the year is done.
Price: $$ (online bottles tend to go for a little over $10)