By The Telegraph

Argentina celebrates 201 years of independence today. Here are a few good excuses to visit:

1. You can ride with gauchos

Argentinian cowboys wear actual chaps, drink Mate tea so bitter it makes you gurn, raise and wrestle cattle, and at night sing folk songs about love and loss. Gauchos traditionally were seen as... (Read More)

By The Chronicle Herald

What Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz were for the 1990s and 2000s, Malbec has become for red wine drinkers over the last five or more years. Malbec is the current “it” grape.

In France, the grape was at times incredibly prolific and grown throughout the country. Little wonder why it’s known by so many names there. In addition to Malbec it’s also known as Auxerrois, Cot and Pressac amongst other names. At times, Malbec-based wines have been amongst the most prized of France. The “black wines” of Cahors, traditionally dark pigmented and tannic reds from southwestern France’s Lot Valley, have enjoyed an enviable reputation for hundreds of years but lost some cache in the last century and a half. So much so that when a devastating frost hit nearby Bordeaux in 1956, many winemakers chose not to replant the grape — which had, at one time, been a dominant grape variety in the region and had a reputation for susceptibility to vine diseases.

The producers of Cahors, who were hit by the same damaging frost, did replant to Malbec but the region and its wines are only starting to regain acclaim, largely due to the grape’s success in South America.

Malbec originally migrated to Argentina in the 1860s and the grape has fallen in love with the... (Read More)

By Los Andes

La propuesta es sencilla. No por eso menos tentadora. Se trata de armar la canasta con cosas ricas y andar por el famoso paseo de La Carrera que une Potrerillos con Tupungato. Probablemente ya haya encarado este periplo en alguna otra ocasión, pero seguro que los paisajes mendocinos lo volverán a sorprender. Sí, esos mismos que, a pesar de haber sido vistos cientos de veces, siempre cautivan.

El punto de partida lo elige cada uno. Si se sale desde la villa cordillerana, la postal de inicio la da... (Read More)

By New Worlder

From Lavalle in the north to San Rafael in the south, it can be difficult to choose which of the dozens of wineries in Mendoza are worth the visit. From garagistes, or winemakers making limited production wines, to the most lavish of no-expense-spared cellar doors, rest assured there’s a tasting room for you in Argentina’s principal wine-making region, as well as a couple of worthwhile... (Read More)

By The Guardian

Argentinians are now into wine more than ever before, thanks to new top-quality vintages that go beyond the purple, juicy malbec. Good spots to sample wines in Buenos Aires used to be relatively few, but that is now changing. Throw into the mix the fact that the government recently named fermented grape juice as Argentina’s national drink and you have the perfect sampling storm.

Here are 10 of the best new wine bars and tasting rooms around the capital... (Read More)

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