It is perhaps our meat eating culture that conjures the rapid association of red wine with the local viticulture, however, and despite the Argentine Malbec’s superstardom, there is a white wine that is 100% Argentina and it is the Torrontés. Bred from a cross between Muscatel and Criolla Chica (brought by Spanish missionaries to South America in the 16th Century) this national gem is produced solely in Argentina’s North West region, in the provinces of Mendoza, La Rioja, San Juan and in Salta where allegedly the Torrontés is best.
The pale yellow-green or golden colored wine has an intense fragrance reminiscent of roses, jasmines, and tropical and citric fruits, complementing poultry, seafood and creamy dishes to perfection. It is also often paired with spicy food or enjoyed alone as an aperitif.
For a special sample of Argentine wines, accompanied by snacks from HG Restaurant, don’t miss our weekly tastings every Thursday starting at 7PM at Fierro Hotel. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220 6800. firstname.lastname@example.org.