Monday, August 3, 2009

Wine from Argentina

We had some friends over for dinner on Saturday. One of the wines I opened was a Tapiz Merlot from Argentina. My friend really liked it. She asked where it was from, and was surprised to hear it was from Argentina and that she liked it so much.

I went on SF Gate Sunday morning, and what do you know, there was an article in the SF Chronicle travel section about Argentina.  It's an interesting article about and a wine growing region that is producing some fantastic wines.  

The reporter for the article went to five or six wineries.  As I read it, I kept waiting to hear about Vino del Sol. But apparently he didn't go there. Too bad for him. He missed out on tasting some fantastic wines under the Tapiz label.

Patricia Ortiz and her family own Vino del Sol and produce many fabulous wines there.  They bought the winery from Jess Jackson (Kendall Jackson) and have turned it into an Argentinian wine powerhouse.

If you want to try some really good wine from Argentina, that is a great value (under $20) then you should head over to BevMo! They have a huge selection. And many of their Argentine wines are only available at BevMo! I recommend trying some of these.  Two of them are pretty highly rated by Robert Parker and Wine Spectator.  
  • Tapiz Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet, great value at $11.99cb 
  • Kaiken Malbec Ultra '06, 91 pts Robert Parker, $17.99
  • Zolo Malbec Gaucho Select '08, $11.99 cb
  • LaLande Cabernet Reserve '07, $16.99 cb
  • Catana Malbec '06, 91 pts Wine Spectator, $19.99
Click here to see all their wines from Argentina.

Some of the prices I have listed are the ClubBev! price, which just means you need to be a member to get the lowest price. It's free to get the card. It's basically like a Safeway card. I don't know about you, but I would never shop at Safeway without my Safeway card. You'd be crazy to shop at BevMo! without a ClubBev! card. Plus, you can't shop their famous 5c sale either. And that would be a MAJOR BUMMER.

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