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High on Mendoza: Taste the History of Argentina in its Malbecs

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By Richard A. Baxter, MD at Plastic Surgery Practice

It isn’t much of an exaggeration to say that you can taste the history of Argentina in a glass of Malbec from Mendoza. As a country, Argentina still struggles despite great resources, only intermittently letting its immense potential shine. This is as true for its wine as for its social institutions.

To be sure, there are some fantastic wines, many of them a great value and widely available. Yet as recently as March of this year, thousands were taking to the streets in protest over falling grape prices in the face of another inflation cycle triggered by another government default.

Winery workers and producers gathered to dump wine on the provincial capital steps. The governor’s response was a call for curbs on subsidized production of low-quality bulk wine and a suggestion to plant other crops.

I was fortunate to visit Mendoza before this latest upheaval. The first thing you notice when you arrive is the... (Read More)