Piccolo Mondo chosen by Consulate General of Argentina to mark annual celebration of wine

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL
Staff Writer

Piccolo Mondo will be marking the fourth annual Malbec World Day with a public tasting of the wine from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 17.

The day of the international celebration, established by an Argentine wine promoter and supported by the Argentinean government, marks the 1853 establishment of the country’s first agricultural school, which was instrumental in the growth of its wine industry.

This year, the Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago chose Piccolo Mondo, 1642 E. 56th St. — whose owner, Norberto Zas, is Argentinian — to mark Malbec World Day.

“Whenever I feel homesick, I go there, so it’s a place that’s very dear to me,” Consul General Marcelo Suarez Saliva said of Piccolo Mondo, which includes an Argentine bakery.

Zas says he began selling Malbec at the restaurant in 1989, years before its boom in popularity in the U.S.

“It is my favorite wine,” Zas said. “If you ask any Argentinian what is the best wine, they will say Malbec.”

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