Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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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)

By The Drinks Business

Speaking to the drinks business during a recent visit to Argentina with Santa Rita, Martin Kaiser, chief agronomist at Doña Paula, said: “Sales of Argentine whites in both the domestic and export markets are really on the rise and are growing much faster than we anticipated.

“Whites still only account for around 15% of the total wine production in Argentina but production is growing fast.

Kaiser admitted that Argentina’s flagship white grape, Torrontés, “can often be... (Read More)

By The Argentina Independent

Every country has its Quilmes: a beer so diluted with water and lacking in taste that it frequently warrants an offhanded comparison to “piss”. While Quilmes is still the go-to for university students and frugal drinkers alike, beer-drinkers in Argentina are starting to demand more from their alcoholic beverage of choice.

For this reason, more and more locals are flocking to San Telmo. While customarily known as Buenos Aires’ oldest and most historic barrio, it has also blossomed into one of the city’s perennial hot spots for artisanal, craft beer.

“Buenos Aires is in a craft beer boom,” explains J.T. Sexton, who is soon opening yet another artisanal beer bar in San Telmo, the Sexton Beer Company. “And San Telmo is the craft beer hub of Buenos Aires.”

San Telmo is host to numerous artisanal beer bars that are guaranteed to... (Read More)

By The Wall Street Journal

Meat has traditionally been the linchpin of Argentine culture. Whether it’s in a backyard at the weekly family gathering, on an apartment building’s terrace in Buenos Aires or in a parilla (“steakhouse” in Spanish) on weekdays, the sacrosanct asado (barbecue) transcends cooking meat. It’s a ceremony, a passion and an art.

Local TV hosts won’t tell you if it’ll rain or shine on Sunday. They’ll tell you if you’ll be able to eat an asado outdoors or not. In a nation where there’s a religious reverence for meat, expats should thus bear in mind key rules to avoid faux pas.

More, Always More

First, expats should be prepared to eat a lot of meat. In 2014, Argentina topped the global ranking of beef and veal consumption, according to a 2015 OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook. Each Argentine stomach consumed, on average, 41.6 kilograms of beef and veal, compared with 24.5 kilograms in the U.S. and 10.5 kilograms in the European Union the same year.

“Every beast that walks goes to the grill master,” goes the Argentine saying. (“Todo bicho que camina va a parar al asador” in Spanish.) Insatiable South Americans are cheating on their darling, though: they now eat more pork and chicken – which expats might be more used to seeing on the grill (parilla, which translates to steakhouse as well as grill.).

Regardless of their financial means, Argentines will budget for half a... (Read More)

By Taste of Travel

Mendoza lies in the heart of Argentina‘s wine country, a vast, lush land of grapevines stretching into the shadows of the majestic Andes.

When to go:

December through March coincides with the harvest season, when the fields and the celebrations of horticultural bounty are at their most glorious.

This western Argentine city is the country’s second most visited, because of what surrounds it: the vineyards that make it one of the world’s leading wine regions. The rich purple-black grape Malbec rules, but other varieties abound. Spend your days touring wineries, tasting as many of them as possible.

Still, Mendoza at this time of year is more than just vineyards. It is an effervescent city of... (Read More)

By IPS News

The region of Cuyo in west-central Argentina is famous for its vineyards. But it is one of the areas in the country hit hardest by the effects of climate change, such as desertification and the melting of mountain top snow. And local winegrowers have come up with their own way to fight global warming.

In the cup, malbec, Argentina’s flagship red wine, still has the same intense flavour and colour.

But behind the production process is... (Read More)

By Forbes

Laura Catena was pissed off.

It was 1995 at a prestigious tasting in New York, where she was pouring her family’s Bodega Catena Zapata wines. It was the first time that an Argentinian winery was invited to participate in the event, and one guest after another passed by her table. They used her spit bucket but, when she offered to pour them a taste of wine, they refused.

International appreciation for Argentinian wines was in its infancy 20 years ago. Catena decided to fast forward it. The next day she called her father, Nicolás Catena, and said she was coming to work for him at the company he reinvigorated in the 1960s, after its initial founding with Malbec grapes in 1902 in the Argentine Andes of Mendoza.

It was a turning point, for her professionally and for the brand. She was (and still is) an emergency room doctor, and her decision to work for the company launched a new evolution for Bodega Catena Zapata that’s been driven in part by her natural affinity for scientific inquiry and data. She immediately founded the winery’s research and development department, which today is embodied... (Read More)

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