One Forgets Everything With Champagne: Buenos Aires’ Best Wine Fairs

"Take a picture of me with the little girl", instructs my newfound Argentine friend to her husband. I lean in and clink my glass with hers, wondering exactly how old she thinks I am. Then I realise she's talking about a portrait on the wall right behind me. In fact, it's just one of a... Continue Reading →

Wine Hackaton: Pinot vs Bonarda

Have you ever met a wine hacker? I have. Last week I found myself in a narrow, brightly-lit room in a far-flung corner of the city, rubbing glasses with Argentina's hippest wine bloggers at the grandiosely-named PinotBonarda Wine Hackaton. Now let me be clear; there were no geeky, unwashed techies in ironic oversized T-shirts here (ok,... Continue Reading →

The Little Green Wine: Petit Verdot

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of sampling the rather nice Erdità blend from Clos de Chacras at my new favourite Buenos Aires wine bar. It's a wine dominated by two of this country's usual suspects, Malbec (50%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (35%). This is a common combination here in Argentina; the Malbec... Continue Reading →

The World’s Best Red? Famiglia Bianchi Malbec 20

Yes, you did read that right. Every year the Union of French Oenologists organises the Vinalies Internacionales competition in Paris. An expert jury drawn from all over the world blind tastes some 3500 wines from 41 wine producing countries. At the 2014 edition Familia Bianchi's 2012 Malbec was given a rather special (and probably shiny) Grand... Continue Reading →

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