Carne Diem: Wines of Argentina
What better way to end of January's restrained eating and drinking than a cowboy-style reward? Emulate a leather-clad gaucho with barbecued beef and a signature red "meaty" Malbec to match. All along the Andes range, Argentina's vineyards create inviting green swaths across the otherwise bleak desert-like landscape. With an array of robust whites & reds and hearty fare to complement, you'll attend this Wine, Food, Wine! social event feeling like you've discovered a new wine & food oasis (and maybe some new amigos! ).
The fiesta didn’t disappoint! South America boasts some of the world’s best wine bargains, with full-on flavors and high quality at surprising prices. Crowd favorites included:
- Uniquely vivid Argentinean white grape Torrontés from Bodega Etchart (Red and White, 15.00 chf) grown at dangerous altitudes was nicely tamed by traditional Grilled Provoleta with Herbs (that’s Provolone for Italian-speakers).
- No surprise, Argentina’s super-popular signature Big Red grape Malbec Bousquet Grande Reserva (Red and White, 20.00 chf) won not only favorite overall wine, but also Best Value paired with always-ace Argentinean Beef with Chimichurri Sauce.