Yaqo Homo | | Jul 1, 2007 03:20 PM

YH is excited to be taking a 10-day trip to Buenos Aires this month.

Someday, I hope to tour Menoza wine country extensively, but this time (especially since it's the dead of winter), my oenephilic exploration will be limited to the confines of the wine shops and restaurants in the city, which is fine by me.

Here is the sum of my knowledge regarding the wines of Argentina:
* Malbec is the national grape and is the basis for many revered wines
* South American wines are an excellent value (even in the states), but this may apply more to Chilean wines then Argentine wines.

Clearly, I need to get myself edumacated before I go!!

First, I want the names of the best wines: some blockbusters or classics I can sample while I'm at steakhouse or cooking in my brother's house. So far my "to drink" list includes Cavas de Weinert and Trapiche "Iscay." These are supposed to be two prestigious Malbec blends; I'd like to expand that list.

Secondly, I'd like some descriptions of the best Malbec from some of the wine-os on this board. What does a great Malbec taste like? I imagine it's a unique grape, but does it have any resemblances to, say, the wines of Rioja or of Burgundy? Are they at all like Australian shiraz or Californian pinor noir? Do Malbecs have a lot of tannin? Alcohol? Acidity? Color? Can they be Parkerized fruit bombs, or are they more elegant and lean?

Thirdly, I'd like to know if there's any decent white wine made in Argentina.

Lastly, a list of the best inexpensive, widely availalbe wines for everyday drinking would be lovely.


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