Lubbock's Burklee Hill Vineyards Malbec varietal has gotten statewide attention.

Texas Monthly has included Burklee Hill's 2017 vintage among its "What to Drink Now" list. The outlet has long been known as an authority on the best of what Texas has to offer, especially when it comes to food and drinks.

Texas Monthly describes the Malbec in a poetic and mouth-watering way:

An excellent red for pairing with Texas barbecue, this full-bodied malbec from the High Plains offers tart cherry notes and aromas of rich black plum, dusty earth, and baking spice, with a touch of smoke on the finish.

Personally, my favorite reds have these types of notes; dark fruit and smoky are a magical combination. See also: the smoked and old-fashioned from Lubbock's The Lantern if you're in the mood for liquor.

This particular vintage is $42, making it good for a special occasion wine that doesn't absolutely break the bank. Like Texas Monthly says, Malbec pairs beautifully with grilled or barbequed beef, but it is also an excellent complement to lamb or duck. It's also a wonderful accompaniment to your charcuterie board- build your board with salami, manchego and cheddar. May I also suggest one of my personal favorite pairings: Malbec with a high-quality, deep dark chocolate.

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If you're looking for a red as versatile as this Malbec at a lower price point, Burklee Hill also has a delightful Cabernet Sauvignon at $32. Cab Savs as a rule pair with almost anything any other red will, so dare to explore.

Burklee Hill wines are available to purchase online, or you can always stop by their restaurant inside the beautiful and historic Kress Building (1109 Broadway Ave.), where you can order their wines by the glass or bottle, paired perfectly with the menu selections.

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