The Malbec was rich, dark, almost as black as it's label and with an almost melted chocolate texture and richness. The sticky wine retained the freshness and acidity of sauvignon blanc, but was sweetly flavoured with marmalade, quince and honey. Both are worth seeking out if you like South American wines and the retail prices seem very reasonable for the quality of the wine, and certainly when compared to Icelandic restaurant prices. It's not just the Arctic winds that made my eyes water over there!
My friend's beer of choice for the trip was also made by the same brewery as Lava. Skjálfti premium lager (pronounced a bit like Skelty) was more of a golden/amber beer than a lager as we know the term in the UK. Named after an earthquake, this beer had a good balance of flavour between malt and hops with a hint of sweetness. At 5% abv it was a lot more food friendly and with a hint of citrus on the palate, it matched well with the fish dishes we consumed plenty of on the trip.
In Microbar, she enjoyed a Kaldi which Steinn indicated was the closest in style. Kaldi is an Icelandic beer from another microbrewery, brewed to a Czech recipe, under the supervision of a Czech brewmaster. The beer has no added sugar or any preservatives, and is not pasteurized.
Iceland's beer scene is definitely on the up.
I'll be back with plenty of wine stories next week, after a social tasting evening I'm running this weekend. Meanwhile, here are some shots of Icelandic scenery to put you in the mood for a visit to try these beers.