Super guilty pleasures: Malbec + 4x4

I had abstained from wine for several days (*gasp*) as part of my training for a 5k road race last Saturday night. After getting home from the race around 9pm, I felt justified in splurging a little. 

My post-race menu:

  • 4x4 from In-N-Out (yes, that's 4 hamburger patties and 4 slices of cheese)
  • Fries from In-N-Out
  • 2009 J Opi Malbec

The Malbec was from the famed Mendoza wine region in Argentina. It had some light fruit on the front of the palate with a dry finish that had a bit of saltiness. I have no idea where this saltiness comes from (my imagination?), but it complimented the burger and fries perfectly. (I've mentioned salty wine before, the 2003 San Pasqual Monte Soledad.)

This one got bonus points because it was a shared bottle from my Uncle Dave. He visited my parents at Christmas last year along with his wife, Tina, and his son, Travis. Dave belongs to a wine club where they mix bottles from various sources and he had a mixed case delivered to my parents' house. My parents and I split the case, which has provided us with plenty of winertainment throughout the year.

And, in case you are wondering, I don't always drink wine with In-N-Out. I'll often drink Coke or even a beer. However, when you're chowing down on a 4x4 at 9:30 at night, wine is the way to go to wash it down!


Posted on October 25, 2011 and filed under Wine Discoveries.