Tag Archives: Argentina

Tired of Malbec? Try Cabernet Franc from Argentina

Think of Argentinian wine. If Malbec comes to mind followed by a shrug or shudder, I feel your pain. Argentina has tumbled down this monovariety’s path, much like Australia did with Shiraz decades ago.  Malbec became the recession’s answer to find a big red for less.  But it is a race to the bottom that backfires.  The grape, and Argentina by association, are now caged by their success.  They exist in most minds as a cheap alternative. Continue reading

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Riesling from Argentina? Luigi Bosca, Las Compuertas, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza 2014

Why fight the cold outside? Let us acclimate to the season with a left field, Winter white. We head south, to a country synonymous with big reds and steak: Argentina. Yes, Argentina, a country that has sold its soul to Malbec. Let us pick the exact opposite of Malbec, the coolest climate grape common to cold, wet, Germany: Riesling. Continue reading

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Trapiche, Broquel, Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina, 2006

It is my wife’s birthday, so I should keep this short.

Welcome to October. Fall has descended upon us. Cold snaps at night. Daylight whimpers away. Leaves turn.

Gone are the whites and rosés of summer. Time for something darker, deeper, and dangerous. Continue reading

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Malbec-Merlot, Mission La Caminade, Cahors 2007

Already tired of malbec? Branch out from Argentina and take a twelve dollar trip to the grape’s ancestral home: Cahors. Upriver from Bordeaux, the village of Cahors rests on a kink along the Lot river in the center of southwestern … Continue reading

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