Laura Catena: Vino Argentino

Laura Catena just sent us a copy of her new book Vino Argentino. It’s the best book on Argentine wine we’ve ever read. She told us about the book when we met in Washington in August during the Society of Wine Educators conference. The book is part travelogue, part gaucho cuisine, and part wine history. It doesn’t just focus on Malbec and Mendoza either. One of our favorite parts is her discussion of winemaking in Salta, a place where we’ve spent a lot of time and is our very favorite province (sorry, Mendoza). For wine travelers who wish to explore beyond the same old Napa-Bordeaux-Tuscany wine routes, we heartily endorse Laura’s recommendation to visit Cafayete and taste the wines made from its special clone of Torrontes, a varietal unique to Argentina. While you’re at it, rent a four wheel SUV and like us drive the Calchaquí Valley tour; it offers incredible scenery and colorful colonial towns like Cachí. You might also think about visiting Bodegas Colomé, perhaps the world’s most unique winery with pre-phylloxera vines as old as 150 years and vineyards as high as 8500’. Rebuilt by Donald Hess of Napa’s Hess Collection and farmed biodynamically, this winery now produces terroir-driven wines that are very, very special. The book is published by Chronicle Books, San Francisco.

Don Winkler

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