Argentine Wines: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the queen of white varieties, and although it is undoubtedly a very French monarch, it has been warmly welcomed by the Argentines, who chose it as their number one white wine -at least before the Torrontés boom. Adaptability is, after all, one of the many virtues of this grape, which is being grown quite successfully in most of the wine regions of the country, particularly in the cooler heights of Valle del Uco, in Mendoza.

Chardonnay is usually mid to full bodied, and can be buttery and toasty, depending on its exposure to oak. It offers an array of flavors, which depend on the climate in which they are grown: Warmer regions yield wines infused with the aroma of tropical flowers, pineapple and bananas, whereas cooler places deliver leaner wines, more mineral and acidic, with the scent of apples and citrus. In its different styles, it pairs well with seafood, fish, pasta, poultry and some cheeses.

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. recepcion@fierrohotel.com.

Argentine Wines: Sauvignon Blanc

The Sauvignon Blanc (Savage White) grape originally grew wild in the South West of France. Once its wine potential was exploited it was not only grown in France, its main producer, but also in a variety of regions including Australia, New Zeland, South Africa, Canada, Chile and as a promising newcomer to the Sauvignon scene, Argentina.

The wide span of locations in which Sauvignon Blanc is produced has signified variations in the flavor of this fresh crisp white wine, depending on the climate and altitude.

Argentine varieties of Sauvignon Blanc are fruity with hints of grapefruit, apple, and jasmine and  have a subtle smoky flavor when produced at higher altitudes and in Patagonia.

This wine is great for the warm seasons as it pairs well with light foods such as seafood, fish, salads and goat cheese. It is also a good option for a spicy meal as its freshness complements the fire in mouth sensations well.  A glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc can also make a great aperitif, perhaps in the evening by the pool deck.

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. recepcion@fierrohotel.com.

Argentine Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon

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Considered a royal amongst red wine varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon stands out for its boldness and elegance. Originally from Bordeaux, the internationally renown grape is, after Malbec, one Argentina’s most important, having recently found promising soil in Valle del Uco in the Mendoza region and San Patricio de Chañar in Neuquén, Patagonia.

The small dark grapes are popular not only for the noble wines that are derived from them, but also for their adaptability to different climates and their aging potential due to their high levels of tannin.

Fruity hints of currants, cherries and plum are present in Cabernet Sauvignon wines made with overripe grapes whilst vegetable flavors of green bell peppers, olives, licorice and mint appear in wines made with under ripe grapes. When aged in oak, flavors of smoke and incense arise as well as woody cedar and truffles.  These intense deep red wines, in all of their styles, pair well with flavorful food such as red meat, lamb, stews,locro, and strong tasting cheeses.

For a special sample of 5 Argentine wines, accompanied by snacks from HG Restaurant, book your place at our exclusive weekly tastings every Thursday starting at 7PM at Fierro Hotel.  Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220 6800. recepcion@fierrohotel.com.