Category Archives: Argentina

Santa Julia Canned Wines, Mendoza. 13% ABV, $5.99/375ml can.

The wine world continues to explode, with winemakers pretty much everywhere producing wine, alternative closures, and alternative packaging. Boxed wines emerged into everyday use several years ago with mixed results, just like bottled wines. And, along with single-serve plastic servings, … Continue reading

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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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