Happy Malbec World Day!

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(Photo by Ken Whytock)

It’s Malbec World Day today and with the World’s Best Sommelier Contest also taking place in Mendoza, it’s twice the occasion to toast with what is considered to be Argentina’s trade mark wine.

We’ve asked two of UCO‘s budding young somms for their recommendations and here are their Malbec World Day picks:

Manuel Roskop

Wine of choice: Calcáreo Río de los Chacayes, Malbec 2013 from Chacayes, Uco Valley, Mendoza.

“I chose this Malbec because with its unique acidity, round tannins and full body,  it has the Michelini brothers’ stamp. Ripe red fruit notes star in this wine which has a long and pleasant finish. To sum up, a gem!”

Pair with: Glazed rib-eye cooked medium rare, carrot pure, mushroom tuile, fresh salad.

Emilien Rébeilleau

Wine of choice: Benegas Lynch Malbec, Finca La Encerrada 2011 from Gualtallary, Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza.

“This top end Malbec from Bodega Benegas winery is very elegant and has good fine round tannins as a result of maturing 18 months in new French oak barrels. Apart from donning the typical characteristics of the Malbec variety, this wine also has interesting tertiary aromas.”

Pair with: 18 hour cooked shoulder of lamb, pea pure, rosti potatoes, and caramelized onions.

Enjoy!

This Week: 21-28 April

Monday

Via BASA

Via BASA

Long weekend? Longer week ahead? One bar that’s open on the barman’s day of rest is BASA. Head downtown and snap up the Moscow Mule (photo) – head bartender Ludo makes the ginger beer in house. Happy hour from 7pm. BASA Basement Bar, Basavilbaso 1328, Retiro.

Via Jocelyn Mandryk

Via Jocelyn Mandryk

And at HG Restaurant, it’s the final night of our special Malbec-paired dinner in tribute to Malbec World Day. Check out our Facebook page for menu details, as there are some surprises – white Malbec, anyone?

Tuesday

Via Shop Hop BA

Via Shop Hop BA

Need to get your winter wardrobe fixed up? Allow cool hunter and stylist Sophie Lloyd from Shop Hop BA to lend an expert hand. Her bespoke shopping tours suit all budgets and styles – and can take in tango fashion to lovely leathers and appointment-only showrooms.

Wednesday

Via Cocina Sunae

Via Cocina Sunae

Southeast ASian restaurant Cocina Sunae recently started to open its doors on Wednesday nights. Avoid the weekend rush and treat yourself to a mid-week spice kick you won’t regret. For a real bang, order a ginger kamikaze.

Thursday

Courtesy of Club 69

Courtesy of Club 69

In what has become the autumn mid-week party of the moment, go and get High on the Roof in Recoleta at Primafila.  Expect a beautiful crowd starting the weekend early with these early-evening rooftop sessions that ends at 1am. Entrance is free but by list only, so stop by for supper before shaking off the calories on the outdoor terrace. Once you’re done but still need to groove, head to Palermo classic Club 69 for funk, break-dancing and drag acts.

Friday

Via Jocelyn Mandryk

Via Jocelyn Mandryk

We’ve got one word for you: TFIF! Our happy hour in the gorgeous back garden puts in its monthly appearance so it’s time to Thank Fierro It’s Friday. With cocktails by guest bartender Fede Cuco and tunes from Buddha Beats, start your weekend right with some hot tapas from Hernán Gipponi’s master hands, cool drinks and pumping tunes. From 6.30pm, Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood.

Weekend

Via Ursa

Via Ursa

A fashion and art combo is on at one of our fave galleries on Saturday as Galeria Mar Dulce hosts a pop-up clothing sale with Ursa. US designer and artist Elizabeth Gleeson brings her sustainable knitwear – much of it produced by a women’s group in a Buenos Aires slum – to Palermo. Think loose-knit cardigans in bright and breezy colours that are perfect for the coming winter months. From 3pm. Uriarte 1490, Palermo Soho.

Via Graffiti Mundo

Via Graffiti Mundo

Every Sunday, Graffiti Mundo runs a bike tour to check out some street art hotspots around the city. Get your pedal on and bring your artist’s eye to the three-to-four hour tour around Palermo and check out works such as this rather appropriate stencil by Cabaio.

 

Easter 2014 in Buenos Aires

With just the one feriado holiday this Easter in Argentina – Friday 18 April –  it’s a long weekend for everyone nonetheless. If you’re not escaping to Mar del Plata for a little last-ditch beach action, here are some ideas on how to spend Semana Santa in Buenos Aires.

Fish on Friday.. and Saturday… and Sunday

Via Gastronomique

Via Gastronomique

Take up the tradition of a fish diet this Easter and head to a typical Spanish restaurant for the experience. El Casal in San Telmo is a perfect example, down to the colourful tiles on the walls. The fried squid rings are some of the best in the city, while other fishy hits are the seafood grill and Bacalao a la llaunaChacabuco 863, San Telmo. Tel: 4361-0191.

 Open your art

Via BA City government

Via BA City government

 

A bank holiday is a perfect time to check out a museum or gallery that’s been on your radar. Dip into some religious art at Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernández Blanco, and enjoy being in Microcentro while no one else is around. Note, this museum will be closed on Friday  along with with all the city’s other museums, but open over the rest of the weekend. 
Suipacha 1422, Microcentro. Tel: 4327-0272/0228.

 

Religious experience

Via Catedral Primada

Via Catedral Primada

Have you heard? The Pope’s from Flores! So why not head to the start of the D line and Catedral for a mass that’s bound to be packed with Francis fans. The Catedral Primada de Buenos Aires, whose founding dates back to 1605, was the current pope’s last place of work, and thanks to its central location on Plaza de Mayo, it’s seen anything and everything go on over the past 400 years.  Mass, prayers and confessions  will be held over the next four days until Sunday culminating in a service at 11.30am on Easter Sunday. For a complete schedule. check here.

Kids’ play

Via Smeterling

Via Smeterling

If you can’t find an Easter egg hunt, why not make up your hunt – after decorating some eggs? Smeterling Patisserie has come up with a fun kit that will keep busy hands occupied with glitter and feathers on hard-boiled eggs before the real fun begins. The most experiences hand might like to try out the Chef Kit, which includes two moulds for making a choccie egg. Uruguay 1308, Recoleta. Tel: 5294-6070.

Drink the red stuff – and the white stuff

Via Jocelyn Mandryk

Via Jocelyn Mandryk

This year World Malbec Day has fallen on Maunday Thursday and so instead of drinking strictly from the chalice, book into our special Malbec paired dinner at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant. Every one of the six courses is paired with a different kind of Malbec, from a white one to Grappa!. Until 21 April. Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. Tel: 3220-6820.

And finally: Happy Easter from everyone at the Fierro Hotel!