First Argentine Wine: Malbec Calling Catena

    Continued from Part 1 of Catena Wine That robust work ethic has been in the Catena family for generations. In 1898, his grandfather Nicola left a small village in Sicily for Argentina. He started planting vines in 1902 and raised a family. His eldest son, Domingo, married Angelica Zapata, a daughter of a large land owner, increasing the family’s holdings.

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    Salentein Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina, 2012,  14.5% abv

    Argentina’s vineyards are some of the highest in the world – most start at about 600m and can go as high as 1,600m. Almost all of them are on the country’s western strip bordering the Andes mountains toward Chile and extend from the Tropic of Capricorn in the north to the 40th parallel in the south.

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      Six wines to complement Masterchef Sophie’s recipes

      Matthew Jukes - - 8 readers - Six stunning wines to challenge the senses and romance Sophie’s recipes this week in Weekend Magazine. 2013 Dolcetto d’Asti, Piemonte, Italy (£7.00, Marks & Spencer). The Dolcetto grape is often a belligerent sort, but this cheapie is feisty, tangy and crammed with red and black berry juice. It is a brilliantly evocative wine – accurate, joyous and delicious chilled, too.

      Top 10 Red Wines Under $20 - Fall 2014 Edition

      The Reverse Wine Snob - - 8 readers - An all new list! This post brought to you by: Get the Spindrift Cellars Pinot Noir 2012 for just $17.99 plus FREE SHIPPING on any size order! It's time for the next update of The Reverse Wine Snob Top 10 Red Wines Under $20! In fact, we're well overdue for an update and with fall officially starting and a bit of crispness in the air, our thoughts naturally turn to red wine.

      Gewurztraminer, Aloha Style

      Pennsylvania Vine Company - - 8 readers - Gewurztraminer, Aloha Style A tale of fruity pizza and aromatic Alsatian whites. Posted on September 28, 2014 by Jeff Alexander Rangen vineyard, Zind-Humbrecht This I say with peace and love: Hawaiian pizza – that is, pie with pineapple and ham – will never pass my lips. If it’s your bag, hey, that’s between you and Domino’s.

      Argentina – A Reach For Higher Ground

      GrapeRadio - - 7 readers - Interestingly, Argentina’s wine history and culture began about the same time as our’s here in the U.S. Arguably more interesting is the fact that it began with the same impetus – Italian immigration. Today, Argentina has become known as the world’s largest purveyor of Malbec. Another thing that singles out Argentina – some of the highest altitude vineyards in the world.

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      Consider the Gaspereau Valley

      … reconnaissance with Gamble, Canada’s flying winemaker and A-team consultant. Gamble’s work with Stratus, Southbrook and Ravine Vineyards in Niagara, his partnership with Ann Sperling in B.C. and at Versado in Argentina are well documented. His work with Benjamin Bridge Vineyards is already the stuff of Canadian wine lore. What he will touch in his…

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      2010 Camino del Toro Syrah

      …Oct 01 2014 Varietal: Syrah Region: Mendoza – Argentina Cost: $18 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes: Flashing a dark red and maroon color, the Camino del Toro is visually stunning. Even more so, fruit and spice notes with hints of vanilla, tobacco, winter spice, and oak are all present, representing classic Syrah. The palette is spicy and strong…

      1 readers - By The Good Wine Guru

      * DRINK BOOK OF THE MONTH! * -- Wines of South America

      … America, which includes Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay plus Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela. He begins with an overview and grape varieties grown (along with acreage by country: did you know that Chile has 10 acres of Tannat?). For each country, he gives a history and some notes on "game changer" people. This is followed…

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      Dinner with Cristobal Undurraga of Chile’s Vina Koyle

      … steel, large and small oak) to utilize in his search to find a wine that is balanced, able to age successfully, and delicious to taste. The evening kicked off with the only white wine produced, a very charismatic Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Colchagua Costa grown in different terroirs and aged in different vessels. The flavors were dynamic ... a whiff…

      1 readers - By A Wine Story

      Top Ten White Wines of the 2014 Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival

      … the last few weeks. Here we have a excellent value wine, with a great fruit profile, nice acid and balance and nothing at all to find fault with. Also a bit unusual, Torrontes is the primary white grape of Argentina. This runs about $10 – $12, and is a steal there. 7. 2012 J. Lohr Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc – this is another great value wine…

      6 readers - By Red Wine Please!

      “The Bounty of the County” known to Sonoma

      … are in the process. 2013 Adelante Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina The cooler climate Malbec was simply delicious. With typical notes of blueberry and blackberry, the figs especially were a delicious food and wine pairing. Jose’s grilled pork was also very deliciously paired with the wine. What totally dumb stuck my palate was that I also very much enjoyed…

      3 readers - By Wine Blog

      Weekend Recap - 2014 NSLC Port Of Wines Festival

      … interesting time pouring some very interesting French wines. Shannon poured the Terraburdigala Roc de Jean Lys (70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc) and Thienpont Bordeaux White (75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillion). I was lucky enough to pour the Brut and Rose from the Deutz Champagne House as well as the Famille Bougrier Muscadet. The crowds were…

      3 readers - By The Unfussy Wine Enthusiasts

      Wine of the Week

      … of roasted chicken, capers, preserved lemon and broccoli. Now through 2015. Very Good+. The price? About $11, making it a Fantastic Bargain. Buy it by the case. Imported by Foley Family Wines, Sonoma, Calif. A sample for review.…

      1 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      Gewurztraminer, Aloha Style

      … known as the Philadelphia Wine Examiner. Based outside of Philly and father of a future gourmand, Jeff is a photographer, runner and PR pro who has drained many worldwide destinations of wine, beer and spirits including Europe, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Argentina, Central America and Alaska. Bottles that hold his attention tend to emanate from…

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      Marvelous Northwest Malbecs

      …Malbec ripens at Northridge Vineyard on Washington’s Wahluke Slope. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) It once was a trivia question (“Name a minor red Bordeaux grape?”) until Argentina’s Mendoza region made it famous. Now Malbec is beginning to take a starring role in the Pacific Northwest – particularly Washington. A Wine Press…

      2 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Changes in the Douro

      … of concentration we associate with Argentina or Chile. And the same great value. Dourum could loosely be described as Portugal’s answer to Cabernet/Merlot blends. A solid, semi-serious red with a little sex appeal. Semi rich and suited to a broad range of foods. And more for food than party sloshing. DOURUM 11 Douro ‘Tons’, Portugal 369629 $12.30 P.S. Coming home today from our PORTUGAL TOUR. Awesome!!! Next year we’re going to add three days in the fantastic city of PORTO. Join us!…

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      Top 10 Red Wines Under $20 - Fall 2014 Edition

      … and a little smoky spice. The lusciousness continues when tasting with more delicious blackberry flavors along with black raspberry tinged with licorice and a hint of mocha. You'll also find a wonderful smooth and silky texture with fine tannins. It ends long and dry with a spicy blackberry note and even a hint of a mineral streak that lingers…

      8 readers - By The Reverse Wine Snob

      what olivia pope SHOULD be drinking on the beach

      … gross and borderline gauche to never drink white or even rosé, especially when the occasion demands it. We don’t know what beach she’s on, but the Scandal tumblr had a little game letting everyone drag a red wine glass to specific beachy locations to guess where she was. Here’s what she should be drinking based on local faves in each possible area…

      4 readers - By grapefriend

      2009 Bodega del Desierto Pampa Malbec Argentina knows how to do...

      …2009 Bodega del Desierto Pampa Malbec Argentina knows how to do Malbec. Almost dusty, Rioja-like nose on this guy - purple fruit, leather, baking spices. Dark fruit and red fruit leather on the palate with cinnamon and clove. Nice acidity to balance the dark fruit. 3/5 bones $$ Malbec 15.2% abv Patagonia, ARGENTINA…

      3 readers - By Shiba Sommelier

      Malbec tops 5th annual Idaho Wine Competition

      … Preston’s 2012 Dry Riesling won best in show — and nearly repeated the feat this year. She also earned a double gold for a red blend called Black Mamba. Bitner Vineyards in Caldwell won best dessert wine for its 2012 Late Harvest Riesling. Sawtooth Estate Winery in Nampa took home best rosé for its 2013 Classic Fly Series Cinsault Rosé. Sawtooth, one…

      6 readers - By Great Northwest Wine