One outstanding development I have noticed is the increasing occurrences of wine festivals across the country. On a recent weekend excursion I was fortunate to attend a local low country wine festival and was introduced to several very good wines, the best of which is this month’s Value Wine No. 1, the 2011 Trivento Reserve Malbec. This Trivento beauty is from the Mendoza region of Argentina. Retailing for a remarkable $11, the 2011 Trivento exhibited many of the best characteristics of the varietal: concentrated dark fruit and cocoa, with just a touch of pepper, and an overall balance that is surprising at this price point. A recent month’s Wine Enthusiast named the Trivento Reserve Malbec a Best Buy, and awarded the wine a very respectable 89 rating. This Argentinian would pair beautifully with a grilled T-Bone steak. Highly recommended by your humble Wine Bargain Sleuth and his fellow wine festival tasters! At this price, grab several bottles and set them down for a year or two.