Category Archives: Argentina

Ruca Malen’s Extraordinary Wine Dinner at Rural Society in Washington, DC

Over the years we have attended many outstanding wine pairing dinners.  But few have compared to the Argentine Ruca Malen wine pairing dinner recently held at Rural Society in Washington, DC.   The six course dinner was jointly planned and flawlessly … Continue reading

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Mendel Wines: New Releases from Mendoza

Mendel Wines combines old vines grown in the high altitude vineyards of Luján de Cuyo in Argentina with the impeccable winemaking talent of Roberto de la Mota.  Roberto de La Mota is no stranger to the International Wine Review. We’ve  … Continue reading

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Tasting Trivento Malbec and Torrontés with Winemaker Germán di Cesare

Trivento is a large winery located in the Argentine province of Mendoza that produces a wide range of wines at diverse price points. Irrespective of price, the wines are always good quality and very good value. It has 3,185 acres … Continue reading

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Book Review: Wines of South America: The Essential Guide by Evan Goldstein

This book on South American wine (UC Press, 2014, $40) is a tour de force by Evan Goldstein.  It provides a comprehensive review of the grapes, growing regions, and important producers of the continent, from Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo to Chile’s … Continue reading

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Terrific Wines from Boutique Argentine Wineries

We recently had the opportunity to taste a selection of some terrific Argentine wines from a relatively new U.S. importer, Brazos Wine Imports. Established in 2008, by two former wine distributors, Jonathan Chaplin, and Brian Ravitsky. Brazo represents boutique family … Continue reading

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More Cool Torrontés for the Hot Summer: Reviews of Zolo, Manos Negras, and Bodega Tapiz

Our recent article on Tantalizing Torrontés for Summer identified our ten favorites. Not surprisingly, most of them came from the mile-high Valle Calchaquíes in Salta province.  Since that time we’ve received several others, from premium growing areas in the Famatina … Continue reading

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Semillon from Mendel and Ricardo Santos in Mendoza, Argentina

At one time the Semillon grape was very widely planted in the Southern Hemisphere countries of Australia, Chile, and South Africa. Today, it is still grown in these countries but in small quantities. And a surprising fourth country can be … Continue reading

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The Sweet Malbecs of Argentina

Our just published Report # 27 Sweet Wines of the World reviews hundreds of sweet wines, including the unique and delicious late harvest and fortified Malbecs of Argentina. This article was previously posted on our home page. The whole world … Continue reading

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Pinot Noir of Patagonia: Chacra and "Food and Wine"

Bodega Chacra makes Argentina’s finest Pinot Noir from some of Patagonia’s oldest vineyards in the Río Negro Valley. In preparation for our just released report The Diverse Wines of Argentina, we traveled to Río Negro to learn more about Chacra. … Continue reading

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The Best of Bonarda: Argentina’s Second Red

A principal theme of Report # 26 The Diverse Wines of Argentina is the variety of wines and the multitude of winemaking regions in Argentina. The Bonarda grape, which twenty years ago was the most widely planted grape in the … Continue reading

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