Happy Malbec World Day!

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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!

Buenos Aires Agenda- April/Abril 2016

Events/Eventos

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(Thomas Hawk)

From the 4th to the 10th of April, Malbec Week will be celebrated around the city with wine tasting events, and more. Find the full program here.

Del 4 al 10 de abril se celebra la Semana del Malbec en toda la ciudad con degustaciones, charlas y más. El programa completo se pude encontrar aquí.

From the 9th to the 17th of April, the Ciudad Cultural Konex celebrates Mozart in the second edition of their Classical Music Festival. Tickets here.

Del 9 al 14 de Abril se festeja el nacimiento de Mozart en la segunda edición del Festival de Música Clásica. Entradas aquí.

The BAFICI film festival kicks off on the 13th and will feature a great selection of international independent films until the 24th. Buy your tickets in advance from the 4th of April onwards, and find the full program here.

El festival de cine BAFICI arranca el 13 de abril con una programación amplia de películas independientes que se proyectarán hasta el 24 del mismo mes. Las entradas se venden por anticipado a partir del 4 de abril, y el programa se encuentra disponible aquí

From April 21st to May 9th the annual Book Fair will be taking place in Palermo with a broad range of activities and events related to literature and books. More information here.

Del 21 de abril al 9 de mayo se lleva a cabo la Feria del Libro en Palermo que ofrece una variedad de actividades y eventos relacionados con la literatura y los libros. Más información aquí.

The Colón Theatre will be featuring two operas in April, the opera Don Giovanni from the 5th to the 12th of April; and an experimental opera based on a text by Albert Camus called Le Malentendu from the 7th to the 12th. The program for the month also includes two concerts by Joyce Didonato on the 18th and 19th, and a staging of the Don Quixote Ballet from the 26th to the 30th.  More information here.

El Teatro Colón presenta dos óperas en abril: del 5 al 12, una producción de Don Giovanni, y del 7 al 12 una ópera experimental basada en Le Malentendu, un texto de Albert Camus. También se llevarán a cabo dos conciertos de Joyce Didonato el 18 y el 19 de abril, y una producción de ballet de Don Quijote del 26 al 30. Más información aquí.

Art Exhibits/ Muestras de arte

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(Jorge Macchi by Lux & Jourik)

On Thursday 7th, the first Gallery Night of the year will take place from 7 to 10 pm in the Retiro, Barrio Norte and Recoleta neighborhoods. More information here.

El Jueves 7 se llevará a cabo el primer Gallery Night del año en Retiro, Barrio Norte y Recoleta. Más información aquí.

The MALBA museum in Palermo is showcasing the works of Jorge Macchi, Claudia Andujar and Juan Tessi Cameo. More information here.

El Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (MALBA) tiene en exhibición las obras de Jorge Macchi, Claudia Andujar y Juan Tessi Cameo. Más información aquí.

The MAMBA museum in San Telmo is featuring La Menesunda by Marta Minujín and a recommended exhibit of Argentine artist Ana Gallardo’s work.

En el Museo de Arte Moderno (MAMBA) en San Telmo se exhiben La Menesunda de Marta Minujín y una recomendada muestra de la artista argentina Ana Gallardo.

Fundación PROA in La Boca, in collaboration with the National Museum of 21st Century Arts (MAXII) is displaying Arte en Escena, an exhibit that explores connections between art and theatre in terms of the spatial aspects of staging.

La Fundación PROA en La Boca, con la colaboración del Museo Nacional del Arte del Siglo XXI (MAXII) presenta una muestra llamada Arte en Escena que explora la relación del arte con el espacio escénico. 

Concerts/Recitales

07/04- Meshell Ndegeocello. Teatro Coliseo. Tickets here/Entradas aquí.

16/04- Mark Anthony. Tecnópolis. Tickets here/ Entradas aquí.

27/04- The Count Bassie Orchestra. Tickets here/ Entradas aquí.

Top 5 Wine Bars in Palermo

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Palermo is a great area to wine and dine, and at Fierro‘s restaurant UCO we are keen on offering the best grapes for just that. Wine however is not just a dinner thing, and there are a few lovely bars in the area to sample the local gems when you’re not a mouthful  with our seven course tasting menu.

SOHO

JA! Lo de Joaquín Alberdi: Located in the trendy Palermo Soho, this lively wine bar has a good reputation for both its wines and friendly service. They offer wine tastings on Thursdays and Fridays, and also, personalized tastings on request. Jorge Luis Borges 1772, Palermo Soho.

Pain et Vin: This boutique wine store and gourmet bakery is also a great place for wine tasting with star oenologists leading noses and palates through an ample range of unique wine varieties. Gorriti 5132, Palermo Soho.

Autre Monde:  If reading and wine is your thing, then this is the spot to shop for both a bottle and a book as the wine bar coexists in the same space with Alamut bookstore. Borges 1985, Palermo Soho.

HOLLYWOOD

Bar du Marché: For French style wine-ing with fromage, stop by this charming bar that also has a hidden closed door sushi restaurant called Omakase, and is right around the block from Fierro Hotel.  Nicaragua 5946, Palermo Hollywood.

Ser y Tiempo: Named after the famous philosophy treatise by Martin Heidegger, this wine bar combines Dionysian flavors with jazzy notes and a laid back atmosphere where you can taste boutique Argentine wines. Gorriti 5910,  Palermo Hollywood.

Win a Luxury Vineyard Weekend!

Luxury and wine go hand in hand and everyone in Mendoza knows that, specially the people from La Morada de los Andes. This residential community, set amongst the vines of Los Arbolitos vineyard and sheltered by the beautiful views of the Andes Mountains in Valle del Uco, is inaugurating their clubhouse and accomodations in March 2013. For the occasion, they have created a special contest that consists in suggesting names on their Facebook page for their new road. The winner will get the chance to spend a one of a kind luxury weekend, with the company of his or her choice, at this gorgeous location which features great views, an all season swimming pool, tennis courts, fine dining and of course fantastic wine. The contest deadline is on the 9th of December via Facebook.

Those traveling to Mendoza might also be interested in signing up for their La Morada´s 3rd Gourmet Horseback Crossing of the Andes which will be taking place in February, a great month to visit the area due to the harvest festival.

Argentine Wine at Vinos y Bodegas 2012

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The Vinos y Bodegas 2012 expo kicks off today at La Rural and promises a full four days of top Argentine wines. The event, which will take place from 6pm-10pm until the 15th of September, is one of the biggest wine fairs in Latin America.

Some of the highlights this year include a new sector that specializes in limited edition and sparkling wines,  a wine bar, wine tasting events, olive oil tastings, a cooking show and different thematic wine tours including a Malbec, Torrontes, Syrah, Crianza, Non traditional varietals, Sweet and Sparking wines, and white and rosé. Additionally there will be contests, live art and more surprises!

Tickets to the expo cost 120pesos and  include a complimentary glass of wine. They can either be purchased at La Rural box office or online here. Av. Santa Fe 4201, Palermo.

Wine Tasting in Buenos Aires

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There are many reasons to love Argentina: it has a vibrant culture, superb beef, amazing landscapes, stunning architecture, innovative art and a well-earned international reputation for its wine. Travelers who have been to Mendoza can attest to the generosity of the areas top quality vineyards. Thankfully, there are great wine tasting opportunities in Buenos Aires too. Below are some suggestions:

Fierro Hotel Thursday Wine Tasting:  Every Thursday at 6pm small intimate groups gather in the hotel’s restaurant to taste great Argentine wines from different regions of the country, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association, Andres Rosberg, and in-house Sommelier, Martin Bruno. Tastings, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 25 USD per person, and are limited to 7 people. Places must be booked in advance.  Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Lo de Joaquin Alberdi– vinotecas argentinas: This friendly wine shop in the Palermo district offers weekly wine tastings, focusing on different wineries or varietals. It is also possible to coordinate personalized wine tastings in advance and the staff is happy to help pick out a bottle to take back home. Jorge Luis Borges 1772, Palermo. 4832-5329.

Time Out Walking Wine Tour: This great tour combines both walking and touring the Palermo neighborhood and tasting delectable Mendoza wines at four different venues. More information here.

Anuva Wines: The Anuva wine tasting offers the chance to try five different Argentine boutique wines paired with tapas. They also have a wine club and shipping service to the USA. Wine tastings cost 48USD and must be booked in advance. More information here.

Argentine Wines: Malbec

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If there is one wine that truly defines the local industry then Malbec is definitely it. The deep dark grape originally comes from the Bordeaux region in France where it is used mostly for blending. In Argentina however it has found its optimum soil at the foot of the Andes and the Rio Negro desert in Patagonia and it is used to make some of the country’s premium red wines.

The ruby colored wine with ripe fruity undertones of plum, and cherries is tinted with a sweet marmalade like flavor perfectly complimenting the earthy tannins and woody textures of the country’s signature grape. This of course makes it a perfect pairing for meat, which is why it’s usually present at asados. It also pairs well with hard cheeses and tomato based pastas, also present in the local cuisine.

 

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.