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Friday, April 8, 2016

Spring with a Torrontes


Spring has sprung and there’s no better way to celebrate this glorious season than with a glass of Torrontes.  This relatively unknown grape is from Argentina.  Every time we take a group of Wine-Knows to Argentina, everyone comes back raving about Torrontes.  If you don’t know Torrontes, you should.  It's one of the best wine bargains around!

Torrontes is a white wine that that both women and men enjoy.  On its female side, its intriguing aromas are full of gentle flowers, peaches and apricots.  Males find its voluptuous mouth feel and silky texture pleasurable.  Everyone, however, is attracted to its moderate acidity which offers a backbone and allows the wine to pair well with food.  Some producers actually leave a little effervescence…perfect for toasting Spring, or as an aperitif on a warm Spring day.

Torrontes is Argentina’s flagship white wine.  While some have thought the varietal may be related to one in Spain, DNA testing has disproved this---it is actually native to Argentina.  Becoming more and more popular in the US because of its alluring characteristics, it is now fairly easy to find in a well-stocked wine shop.  BevMo, for example, carries several producers.  Moreover, it can be found easily online at places such as WineSearcher.com.   Some of the better producers include Catena and Zuccardi (both of these producers will be visited on the southern hemisphere’s harvest tour with Wine-Knows in March 2017).

For more information about this food and wine trip to both Chile and Argentina, check out the tour:   http://www.wineknowstravel.com/chile_argentina_itinerary.htm.

  

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