Tag Archives: Mendoza

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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Halloween Wine: Cheval des Andes Lujan de Cuyo Mendoza Argentina 2009

One day we will stop referencing Sideways. Today is not one of them. Eleven years on, the film continues to kill Merlot. Although Miles railed against the grape, his prized bottle turned out to be an iconic Merlot: Cheval Blanc, 1er Grand Cru classé A, Saint-Émilion 1961…that he drank with fast food: 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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