The architecture is impossible to ignore. And so is the setting.
The architecture is impossible to ignore. And so is the setting.
2 weeks ago
Cool Christmas gift that my housekeeper made for me a few years back. ... See MoreSee Less
Happy Memorial Day in the United States! Profound respect to those who have given their lives for our nation. Let’s start this summer off right, with Susana Balbo’s Crios Malbec Rosé. ... See MoreSee Less
At the Argentina Food, Wine & Culture Festival in Atlanta. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago
So many great memories of dining with my friends at La Azul, in the Uco Valley. Here's what it looks like right now.Y así los esperamos hoy!!!
El retrato de montaña nevada y las mesas listas para los comensales del día...
#valledeuco #resto_la_azul #mendoza ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago
Coming within a week... Tim Atkin's annual Argentina Wine Report. Last year's was filled with good information. Look at it this way - is it worth the price of one decent bottle to avoid 100 mediocre ones? It sure is for me. Probably around $25 US if I remember correctly. - Stephen CurryGetting ready for the launch of my Argentina report. Here's the first in a series of black and white photos of Argentinian winemakers: Noelia Torres from Ruca Malen. ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago
As readers of this page know, Alejandro Vigil is one of Argentina's great winemakers, as the head winemaker of Catena Zapata while also leading his own venture, El Enemigo Wines. He created the first two wines in Argentina to attain 100 points from Robert Parker Wine Advocate. We have always been fascinated by the term, El Enemigo, and have heard various explanations. But the best one is on the very label itself.
Vigil's two 100 point wines are:
Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard, Cabernet Franc 2013
Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec 2016 ... See MoreSee Less
Enjoying this beautiful bottle of SuperUco Gualtallary at Chandlers Steakhouse in Boise. ... See MoreSee Less
Happy #MalbecWorldDay to wine lovers worldwide!
For the past ten years, I've loved exploring and learning about Argentine wine, and I'm just getting started! Who would have thought that a random vacation to Buenos Aires would turn into 10 trips to Argentina, leading my first group trip to Mendoza, and interviews with some of the country's top winemakers? Man, it's been fun.
Thanks to Catena Zapata, Bodega Cuvelier Los Andes, Trapiche Argentina, Flechas de los Andes, Bodega Lagarde, Viña Cobos, Achaval-Ferrer, Bodega Familia Zuccardi, BODEGA VISTALBA, SuperUco, Wines of Argentina, Clos de los Siete and everyone else for their education and genuine hospitality. ... See MoreSee Less
Happy Malbec Day!!
Want to see what we brought back from the most recent trip? As I’ve said before, you can often get Argentinian wines at similar prices in the states. For that reason I focus on Argentina-only bottles, limited editions, and exceptional values I happen to come across. ... See MoreSee Less
If you want to understand Argentine wine and what makes it special, this new video from GuildSomm and Wines of Argentina is a must-watch. It interviews many of our heroes in the business. www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=i1Io5Ra_gBwThe Wines of Argentina by GuildSomm. ... See MoreSee Less
The daily chef special at Restaurant UCO in Buenos Aires. Organic eggs, zucchini, eggplant, and sun dried tomato. Still the best breakfast I have had in Argentina. I would show you the impossibly perfect medialuna and house-made granola and organic yogurt, but I already destroyed them. ... See MoreSee Less
Welcome back to Buenos Aires !!
Best breakfast anywhere.
Attack Of The Killer Cerveza
One of the biggest challenges facing Argentine winemakers in the domestic market is the rise of craft beer, which is being embraced by the younger generation.
Historically, Argentina had one of the largest per-capita wine consumptions in the world, but that is rapidly changing. Craft brewers are opening around the country by the dozens.
In my conversations with winemakers like Daniel Pi of Trapiche and Adrián Manchó of Cuvelier Los Andes, I hear a concern that the industry may have made enjoying wine too complicated.
They wonder if newcomers to wine feel like they're "getting it wrong" if they don't taste the notes of plum and leather and the scent of black fruit that the reviews described.
It's all gotten just a bit precious.
So I found both of them encouraging an approach that is a little bit more playful and less serious.
As Adrián Manchó put it, "there are the wines you Think, and there are the wines you just Drink."
And there is a place for each.
We'll drink to that. ... See MoreSee Less
See, it’s not all steak here! Lightly grilled peaches, bresaola, zucchini, arugula and goat cheese. #eatyourgreens ... See MoreSee Less
That’s just before the steak!
🍽 delish 🍷
MalbecsOnly is at La Morada de los Andes.
3 months ago
La Morada is still one of my favorite places to stay in the Uco Valley. Comfortable accommodations, homemade breakfast, and enviable views of the Andes make for the start of a perfect day in wine country. ... See MoreSee Less
Absolutely epic visit with the winemaking team at Cuvelier Los Andes. One of my favorite spots on earth. If anyone in South America is making better quality for the price, I haven’t tasted it. ... See MoreSee Less
MalbecsOnly added 2 new photos from March 28.
3 months ago
When the top winemaker at one of the world’s largest wineries agrees to spend two hours with you, it’s a helluva start to your Mendoza trip. My interview with Daniel Pi of Bodega Trapiche and Tres14 and his understudy, Sergio Casè, coming soon. Sneak preview: Bottles were uncorked back to 1978! ... See MoreSee Less
🍷 much respect for his wine,it’s a gracious industry.
If you visit Duhau restaurant at Buenos Aires’ Park Hyatt, ask and the sommelier will likely have a few bottles that are off the list. Never had a Malbec this many years old, but it’s surprisingly complex and wonderful. A nice acidity and brightness you wouldn’t expect from the earlier era. ... See MoreSee Less
Did it start off as a fruit bomb?
Returning to Mendoza in one week! What wineries should we visit? ... See MoreSee Less
First bottle in Napa. (This one’s from Sonoma, actually.) #malbecsonlyvisitsNapa #howtheotherhemispherelives ... See MoreSee Less
Very, very good. Elegant and substantial, clearly made with great finesse. Favorite wine of one of my hosts. Robert Parker himself reviewed this (95 points) and says, “The 2014 Mekarra Proprietary Red is a Cheval Blanc-like blend of 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc from his vineyard in Knights Valley. It is a sexy, open-knit, expansive and savory style of wine, with loads of Christmas fruitcake, licorice, black cherry and blackcurrant jam, a touch of asphalt, and a long, full-bodied, voluptuously textured finish. It is very much in keeping with the easygoing but alluring and sexy style of the 2014s in Northern California. Drink it over the next 15 or more years.”
Seeing How The Other Hemisphere Lives
As you know, this blog is all about the celebration of Argentine wine - and it always will be. But I've been invited to visit friends in Napa Valley next week.
I think it will be fascinating after four trips to Mendoza, to compare and contrast what the California wine community and tasting experience is like.
I already have some built-in assumptions about what I'll find - too expensive, too jammy - so it will be very interesting to see what reality is.
Unfortunately, the weather will be quite cold and rainy, but there should be ample red wine to warm things up! Look for frequent posts on Facebook from the trip. ... See MoreSee Less
Look forward to reading about your CA Experience.... Cheers from the Realm of Malbec !!!
5 months ago
So, how was your evening?
#PaulHobbs #Mendoza #WorldClass #Malbec ... See MoreSee Less
Spectacular! We were with you!!
8 months ago
Paul Hobbs’ Bramare line includes these regional versions, and then a more expensive, single-vineyard line. Both are excellent for their price point. This bottle retails for around $40 USD. ... See MoreSee Less
The Argentina peso is nearing 37 to $1 USD. Mind-boggling. ... See MoreSee Less
Time to lock in Peso prices at this favorable rate.....
11 months ago
Pulled out this rare South American beauty tonight to enjoy with the Coravin. Five different varietals from seven different vineyards across Mendoza. Vines ranging from 6 to 87 years of age, aged 18 months in new French oak. Delicious blend. ... See MoreSee Less
An Excellent Blend, mostly unavailable in the USA. The regular Encuentro varietals are more widespread, but it’s this blend and a 100% Pinot sparkler that are the two best offerings from this line of Wines.
Looks great. Stephen, how do you like your Coravin? I’ve been looking at them but have yet to decide which model.
There are only two pieces of wine journalism we spend money on every year - one is a subscription to RobertParker.com and the other is the annual Argentina Wine Report from Britain's Tim Atkin.
The new report is just out this week, and it's worth every penny of the $27 download. It includes tasting notes on over 900 of the country's best wines as well as drinking windows.
We've tasted several of Atkin's top-rated wines and find that his tastes largely match ours. This is worth your money.
www.timatkin.com/reports/2018-argentina-special-report ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you. That made my day!
Happy #MalbecWorldDay, from the page that celebrates it every day! MalbecsOnly.com ... See MoreSee Less
To say that our first group trip was amazing would be an understatement. ... See MoreSee Less
After 10 days on the road in Mendoza and Buenos Aires, it's fair to say our #MalbecsOnly2018 group have have been no strangers to indulgence.
Lavish meals, incredible tastings, inspiring sites, too many memories, a photo cloud that's bursting at the seams. After a while, it can all become a bit of a blur. Which is why it takes a truly unusual hotel to stand out - which is what we have found at the Fierro Hotel Boutique Buenos Aires in the Palermo Hollywood barrio.
In our experience in Argentina, there are intimate boutique hotels that are warm and welcoming (like Casa Glebinias and Miravida Soho), and there are giant hotels (like the Four Seasons and Park Hyatt) that offer 5-star indulgence and posh amenities.
The Fierro brilliantly bridges that gap. From homemade scones, the trip's best medialunas, and impossibly fresh homemade organic yogurt to the rooftop pool, huge contemporary rooms (4 to a floor) with wet bar, fully-stocked wine refrigerator and Nespresso machine; comfortably huge dual-nozzle showers with enough glorious water pressure to wash a small vehicle, and the on-point front desk team, the Fierro is the kind of place where you would love to just check in for a few months and let the rest of the world take care of itself.
The cuisine at UCO Restaurant, the onsite restaurant, arguably justifies its ranking among BA's best restaurants. Chef Edward Holloway has developed a menu that respects Argentine tradition without being slavish to it - there are cues from Peru and other South American countries. The trophy dish is Patagonian lamb shoulder slow cooked for 18 hours, and it's as good as it sounds. The South American paellas are more like dense broth-cooked risottos than the yellow rice dishes we've come to identify with Spain. We tried both the rabbit paella and the Peruvian seafood rice dish and both were among the favorite bites of our travels.
The wine list, quite simply, rocks. Premium bottles, reasonably priced and thoughtfully curated. No, you're not going to find as many $4000 bottles here as the Park Hyatt. (But really, unless you were planning to sell an organ, you'll find more than enough to hold your interest here.)
We attended a free wine tasting at the Vinoteca, the attached wine shop, and despite having just returned from 12 winery visits in Mendoza (this is where we receive the grapes, this is where we fill the tanks, blah, blah, blah), the information offered by Manuel (complete with charts, maps, and photographs) was fresh, relevant and added to our depth of understanding of Argentinean wine.
This is also the most time we've spent in Palermo Hollywood (through the years I've always been partial to Palermo Soho) and have discovered that this neighborhood has charms of its own. Fewer designer clothing stores, yes, but a little more chill - and maybe a bit more of a genuine neighborhood feel (think Tribeca as opposed to Soho.)
We invited longtime friends from Buenos Aires over to the hotel for dinner, and al fresco dining at Uco served as the perfect backdrop for our happy reunion.
We'll be back. ... See MoreSee Less
We are LOVING our first stay at Fierro Hotel Boutique Buenos Aires. The restaurant, Uco, is among the best in the city and the breakfasts are legendary, with daily specials and what may be the world’s fresher homemade yogurt. More photos and info on this wine-centric boutique hotel soon. ... See MoreSee Less
The Fierro is indeed a Great Hotel. Ed and his team do an amazing job !!!
What a day crossing the Andes from Chile to Mendoza. Ever-changing vistas and a first rate introduction to Argentine cuisine. Something we’ll always remember. #MalbecsOnly2018 ... See MoreSee Less
What an enormous honor for Catena Zapata! The world’s most-awarded winery, as chosen by Vivino users.
Catena on Twitter
“Over 26 million users voted in @Vivino’s 2018 #WineStyle Awards, recognizing the best and most beloved wines from around the 🌎. Immensely honoured to have received the distinction of #Vivino’s Most Awarded Winery - a triumph for us, and for Argentine Wine. 🇦🇷🍷 #CatenaDream https:/... ... See MoreSee Less
Planning dinner for our first group trip to Argentina next week. Research, research.... ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful stain down the front of the Gran Malbec complements of me. Got most of the wine in the glass ...
Two big Malbecs from Mendoza.... not sure what sort of availability they have in the US...?