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Oct 11, 2007 07:30 AM

Recommend some delicious Argentine wine

We'll be in Argentina next week. What are some good wines to look for?


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  1. Pretty much any Malbec for reds and any Torrontes for whites.
    My favorite producers are Achaval Ferrer, Domino del Plata (Susana Balbo), Clos de los Siete, Catena Zapata, and Vina Cabos.

    1. Oh - Chandon does a fun sparkling wine in Argentina - you might want to check that out as well.

      1. Just got back from Argentina a few weeks ago. We liked almost any Malbec we tried, but for the price the Trumpeter Malbec was extremely good.

        1. Also, you might as well try some Chilean reds while you're there. Frankly, with the favorable exchange rate, you can afford to sample until you find just what you're looking for!

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          1. re: Rockhopper46038

            Problem is, you can't really get Chilean wines here. A very limited selection from the bigger commercial wineries, and at higher prices then they cost in the U.S. We have price/import protections in place, and with a minimum 50% luxury tax on wines coming in from other places (and for some wines, over 100%!), plus import and distribution costs, they're just prohibitive. That, and the INV, our national wine board, requires a submission of foreign wines, batch by batch, for approval, making the whole process very difficult, so few bother to even try.

          2. A fantastic different white (breaking the Chardonnay habit) is the Viognier from Altas Cumbres. It is not expensive ( I pay $21 reais = ten bucks) and it is fruitty, well-bodied, 14% alcohol. It ihas storng notes of just ripe peach or honeydew melon. I serve it with richer fish dishes (bacalhau), chicken is a very seasoned sauce, spicier pasta dishes, as an opener with a terrine or sliced prosciutto. It is a great contrast to a lightler wine, such as a Sauvignon Blanc (Tarapacá, Chile) or Pinto Grigio (Miolo, Brazil). I have started a meal with the lighter, then moved to the Viognier with great satisfaction.
            This is a reasonably priced wine that I drink once a week. For something a bit more expensive, explore the wines of Perdriel, Familia Zucchardi, Doña Paula and Angelica Zapata. Cheers!