Associated with Argentina where it has become its signature grape variety, this inky dark wine is incredibly popular. Its origins began in France (don’t they all?) and it came to prominence in Cahors in the southwest. The story goes that it was Eleanor of Aquitaine that first championed Malbec as she became Queen of France –and then England and the wine became known as the royal wine of choice. Just as today’s royals can influence fashion, it became a hugely desirable and fashionable drink which continues today.