Category Archives: Argentina

GOOD! Recuerdo 2012 Torrontés, La Rioja, Argentina. 13% ABV, $12

COLOR: Clear, pale straw-green. NOSE: Roses, yeast rolls, stone fruit. TASTE: Roses, salt, stone, minerals. Dry with crisp acidity. Suggested pairing: oysters on the half shell. LABEL: Memories—recuerdos—are timeless. With more than 300 days of sun each year, the Argentine … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Spirit of the Andes, Torrontés Sparkling, Tupungato/Mendoza, Argentina. 13.8% ABV, $14.99 and up.

HA. And I thought I could play hooky and just enjoy a nice, easy wine without reviewing it, while working on my current deadline. NOT A CHANCE. This wine is just plain stinkin’ delicious! Fruity and flavorful, yet dry, with … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Camino Del Inca 2011 Torrontés, Argentina, 13.5% ABV, $15 SRP.

If you’re looking for a refreshing yet serious white wine that’s way off the beaten path, this is it. If I had to personify this wine, I would liken it to Kevin Kline in “French Kiss.” It’s really edgy, I’m … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING. Two strong recommendations, lots of education.

On November 19, we attended a wine tasting hosted by Cuvée, Ocala’s wine bar and bistro (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED). The wines were presented by Tom Tiley, wine consultant with Coastal Wine & Spirits. Tom’s background includes 15 years as a Level … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Trivento 2010 Amado Sur, Mendoza, Argentina. 75% Torrontés, 15% Viognier, 10% Chardonnay. $14.29, available for as little as $9.99. 13% ABV.

Confession time: This is the first Mendoza wine I’ve liked. Ever. The Malbecs have been harsh and austere and I just kind of gave up after a while. I’ve liked a couple of them at tastings, but upon tasting from … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING! 4 recommendations.

Four noteworthy wines from a recent tasting: Finca Copete, 2010 Torrontes, Argentina, $8.99. Torrontes is considered by some to be the flagship white wine grape of Argentina. This wine’s aroma is sweet, floral, and citrusy—but it’s dry, brilliant (almost metallic), … Continue reading

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DID YOU KNOW … About Shipping Wine in the Summer

Once this summer, a shipment of six bottles of red wine arrived at our doorstep, and the heat was positively radiating from the box even before we opened it. I feared the whole shipment would be ruined, and promptly donned … Continue reading

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