Argentina Wines blog articles

21 Jan 2019

Argentina is coming out with some amazing Cabernet Francs from this high altitude region

Argentina is coming out with some amazing Cabernet Francs from this high altitude region

El Enemigo, established in 2009, is a joint venture between Adrianna Catena, daughter of famed Nicolas Catena, and Alejandro Vigil, who has been the chief winemaker at Catena since 2002.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

03 Nov 2018

A lovely Pinot Noir out of Patagonia, Argentina

A lovely Pinot Noir out of Patagonia, Argentina

Argentina has become a one trick pony in many people’s minds, churning out vast quantities of Malbec from Mendoza and nothing else worth noting. We have been quietly exploring the other regions of this amazing country and have been pleasantly surprised.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

15 Oct 2018

Terrific Value on this highly reviewed fresh and vibrant Malbec

Terrific Value on this highly reviewed fresh and vibrant Malbec

The wines from Tapiz Alta Collection in Uco Valley have shown a marked up-tick in quality the past few years.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

17 Sep 2018

This Malbec from Patagonia checks all the boxes

This Malbec from Patagonia checks all the boxes

When we were presented with this wine we had little reference other than it came from our friends at Tapiz who have a number of well-made Argentine Malbec in the market

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

04 Sep 2018

A unique blend of Torrontés and Riesling makes for one of the best value white wines from anywhere

A unique blend of Torrontés and Riesling makes for one of the best value white wines from anywhere

For such an inexpensive wine this has a long history of receiving some noteworthy reviews making it one of the world's better white wine values from anywhere.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

08 Aug 2018

Impressive Torrontes with intense aromatics and a vibrant, fruit filled palate

Impressive Torrontes with intense aromatics and a vibrant, fruit filled palate

Argentina's signature white grape Torrontés is slowly building some momentum here in the US and one of the finer examples comes from Domingo Molina.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

20 Jun 2018

Library Release from one of Argentina's Great Producers

Library Release from one of Argentina's Great Producers

In his native Argentina Carmelo Patti's Cabernet Sauvignon has a cult following.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

04 Jun 2018

A great example of terroir from one of the leading Malbec producers

A great example of terroir from one of the leading Malbec producers

Third generation winemaker Sebastian Zuccardi is a soil fanatic and a stickler when it comes to how oak is used, if at all.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

18 Apr 2018

Casarena Reservado Malbec - new pricing makes this a great value

Casarena Reservado Malbec - new pricing makes this a great value

You know you have a winner when you can offer a solidly reviewed Malbec for way under $15 a bottle and under $10 on a six bottle deal.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

12 Apr 2018

Arguably one of the finest $20 Chards you will find

Arguably one of the finest $20 Chards you will find

Pepe Galante is one of Argentina's top winemakers.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

06 Mar 2018

This is a Bordeaux wine in all but its place of origen

This is a Bordeaux wine in all but its place of origen

What happens if you take an Italian winemaker and put him in Perdriel for fifty years?

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

17 Feb 2018

Vibrant with captivating fruit purity makes this the perfect food wine

Vibrant with captivating fruit purity makes this the perfect food wine

Paul Hobbs is well known in the wine world, having established himself as a multi-talented international winemaker and consultant.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

07 Nov 2017

It really is hard to beat this quality at this price

It really is hard to beat this quality at this price

Wines do not have to be expensive or exuberant in their scale or flavor profile to make a statement.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

11 Sep 2017

Consistently one of South America's finest white blends

Consistently one of South America's finest white blends

Viña Alicia is one of the most progressive wineries in all of Latin America, having a nursery propagation program that allows them to experiment with unique varietals from around the world.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

05 Aug 2017

A downright delicious Chardonnay with pure fruit and vibrant acidity

A downright delicious Chardonnay with pure fruit and vibrant acidity

In 1950 Alberto Zuccardi moved to Mendoza and began experimenting with irrigation systems for agriculture.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

07 Jul 2017

Consistently one of the best value buys for Argentine Malbec

Consistently one of the best value buys for Argentine Malbec

Familia Zuccardi has always been at the fore front of Argentine wine. Since their inception in 1963 until now, they have experimented and tried new things to improve the quality of their wines.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

17 May 2017

A highly reviewed, unique Argentine Chardonnay at great price

A highly reviewed, unique Argentine Chardonnay at great price

A joint venture between Adrianna Catena and Alejandro Vigil, El Enemigo is a project that focuses on making World Class wines, in particular Cabernet Franc.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

10 May 2017

An impressive take on Cabernet Franc from the Uco Valley, Mendoza

An impressive take on Cabernet Franc from the Uco Valley, Mendoza

Argentina has been expanding its range of wines outside of its mainstay Malbec. Bordeaux varietals have shown impressive promise with the Cabernet family leading the way.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

15 Mar 2017

A new take on Argentina's Signature White Varietal

A new take on Argentina's Signature White Varietal

Having had the opportunity to try numerous examples of Argentina's signature white grape, Torrontés, one of the most intriguing has come from Susana Balbo.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

07 Mar 2017

Single vineyard Malbec with rave reviews at a huge discount

Single vineyard Malbec with rave reviews at a huge discount

For all of you red wine lovers who are looking for superior quality and value, we have found the right wine for you.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

21 Feb 2017

Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wine rating (number 85) and some serious pedigree

Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wine rating (number 85) and some serious pedigree

Hevre Fabre was born in Bordeaux into a negociant family, and was one of the early French investors in Mendoza.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

02 Feb 2017

An exceptional Malbec from one of Argentina's most respected winemakers

An exceptional Malbec from one of Argentina's most respected winemakers

Anyone who has an inkling about Argentine wine is well aware of the Catena name, which helped bring Argentine wine, in particular Malbec, into the international spot light.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

21 Jun 2016

A very good introduction to Torrontes

A very good introduction to Torrontes

We recently tried this esoteric wine from an esoteric region, and the end result is a wine that is made for warm weather.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

16 May 2016

A great introducion to this unique varietal out of Chile

A great introducion to this unique varietal out of Chile

Carmenere has slowly been working its way to a point of respectable recognition. It has been said that it will be Chile's main grape of notoriety.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

15 May 2016

A Wine Spectator Top 100 pick for 2015, and the first DOC in Argentina

A Wine Spectator Top 100 pick for 2015, and the first DOC in Argentina

Sometimes patience is its own reward. We tried an advance sample of the 2013 Luigi Bosca Lujan de Cuyo Single Vineyard Malbec that had been shipped in directly from Argentina a number of months back

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

21 Apr 2016

2014 Zuccardi Serie A Malbec - exceptional wine that really over delivers for its modest price

2014 Zuccardi Serie A Malbec - exceptional wine that really over delivers for its modest price

Recently we had the honor of being a guest of the Argentine Consulate General to celebrate World Malbec Day.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

10 Dec 2015

A Wine Spectator Top 100 wine for a screaming value

A Wine Spectator Top 100 wine for a screaming value

Whatever people’s views on the Wine Spectator is, they love to look at the annual Top 100 Wines of the Year, and debate the relative worthiness of the wines.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

29 Oct 2015

Top 100 Value wine from Mendoza's Uco Valley

Top 100 Value wine from Mendoza's Uco Valley

Getting a Top 100 score for anything always helps, but the wine has to speak for itself.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

22 Oct 2015

A second label by name only - a lovely Cabernet Merlot blend out of Margaret River

A second label by name only - a lovely Cabernet Merlot blend out of Margaret River

The overall picture for most of Australia in 2011 was pretty dicey, except out west.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

17 Oct 2014

A truely old school winemaker and a truely world class Cab

A truely old school winemaker and a truely world class Cab

Let’s face it, we all get intrigued by scores and reviews. There’s no way to get around it

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

10 Oct 2014

Malbec made from eighty year old vines brings in a 93 points!

Malbec made from eighty year old vines brings in a 93 points!

When it comes to old vine fruit Argentina has it in spades, with a lot of Malbec plantings in the 75-100 year old range

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

10 Jun 2014

World Cup football and World Cup wine

World Cup football and World Cup wine

You know a man has reached the pinnacle of fame when only his first name need be mentioned and it is recognized world wide. In Argentina the name Leo is immediately recognizable and makes one think of football, just like saying the word “Malbec” makes one think of Mendoza.


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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

25 Mar 2014

The first North American making wine in Mendoza…it was worth the effort

The first North American making wine in Mendoza…it was worth the effort

Patrick Campbell has a varied and interesting background, with no formal training in wine production, which make him ideally suited to be a wine maker. Over the years Patrick has made a lot of waves in Californian wine country and later also in Mendoza.



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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

05 Mar 2014

Delicious Malbec Syrah blend from Ernesto Catena

Delicious Malbec Syrah blend from Ernesto Catena

Some wines seem to check all the boxes, they are well made, delicious to drink, come from a prime growing region and are made by a well known winemaking family.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

20 Jan 2014

Big bodied, passionately made red blend from Mendoza

Big bodied, passionately made red blend from Mendoza

We know that Argentina has been lighting the world on fire with its Malbecs

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

11 Nov 2013

95 point score from the stunning Antucura Malbec!

95 point score from the stunning Antucura Malbec!

In the world of wine, a lot is driven by scores. People tend to follow reviewers that are more in line with their own personal tastes, and when a mid-90’s score pops up. People sit up and take notice.


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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

21 Oct 2013

Delicious high scoring Malbec blend with pedigree (and a very unusual blending partner)

Delicious high scoring Malbec blend with pedigree (and a very unusual blending partner)

We get to meet some pretty interesting people from many different countries and in various stages on the wine industry.


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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

24 Sep 2013

Fantastic Cabernet Franc from Mendoza's Uco Valley

Fantastic Cabernet Franc from Mendoza's Uco Valley

Mendoza is well known for making red wines, especially Malbec, but when last did you see a Cabernet Franc from Mendoza?

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

19 Sep 2013

Delicious Patagonia Pinot Noir made by Paul Hobbs

Delicious Patagonia Pinot Noir made by Paul Hobbs

Argentina is a big place and the wines seem to be about power and scale, which stylistically plays into that country’s two power varietals, Malbec and Cabernet

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Posted by Gregg Phillips   00:00:00

19 Sep 2013

Nice Bordeaux Blend from Mendoza

Nice Bordeaux Blend from Mendoza

We have just come across an Argentine beauty that is drinking fabulously

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

16 May 2013

Chile's contribution to world class red wine

Chile's contribution to world class red wine

Most wine people are familiar with Chilean Cabernets, but we find that often Carmenere is not getting the recognition it deserves.



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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

18 Apr 2013

2011 Casarena Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon - look out Napa Valley Cabernet

2011 Casarena Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon - look out Napa Valley Cabernet

We all love well made Cabernet from Napa Valley, but wish we didn’t have to pay Napa prices.


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Posted by Oliver West   00:00:00

21 Feb 2013

Beautifully balanced Bordeaux blend from Victoria

Beautifully balanced Bordeaux blend from Victoria

Generally, a well made Bordeaux blend is going to cost upwards of about $25 a bottle, just because they are not cheap to produce, at least the good ones are not cheap to produce.


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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

07 Nov 2012

Jansz Sparkler Rose - perfect for the Holidays!

Jansz Sparkler Rose - perfect for the Holidays!

Tasmania is the island state in Australia that is often forgotten about. The rest of Australia views it as a rural and backwards place with not much going on. The truth is that Tassie has an amazing outdoors, fantastic seafood, and a small but strong wine industry.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

02 Oct 2012

Best Value argentine Red

Best Value argentine Red

Sometimes we have these wines fall in our lap that make us get excited, knowing that we love the wine, it is a true value, and we can sell them it day long.

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Posted by John   00:00:00

14 Jun 2012

Our top pick for a every day cabernet

Our top pick for a every day cabernet

It is sad when an importer goes out of business or a winery pulls out of the USA but often the one who benefits is the consumer. This is a good example of a cabernet that should be at the top of everyone's list of value wines...

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

02 Feb 2012

Yalumba The Strapper GSM 2010

Yalumba The Strapper GSM 2010

This comes from Australia's oldest family owned winery, but it is very much a new world style...

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

19 Oct 2011

Bela Lugosi Malbec 2007

Bela Lugosi Malbec 2007

For most people, the name Bela Lugosi conjures up a certain image – that of Count Dracula!

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Posted by Oliver West   00:00:00

29 Sep 2011

Decero Amano 2007

Decero Amano 2007

Argentina and malbec have been on fire, but will Argentina end up being a one trick pony...?

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Posted by Gregg   09:10:00

24 Aug 2010

Off the beaten track in Argentina

Off the beaten track in Argentina

The Patagonia region of Argentina is a windswept and desolate landmass that has been involved in growing wine grapes for over one hundred years.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

12 Jul 2010

Argentina Wine Part 2

Argentina Wine Part 2

The general overview is very positive. Wine culture and wine passion flows through the veins of most Argentineans and is reflected in their wineries, vineyards and wines. Talent is plentiful and the general quality of wines leaving Argentina is very high.

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Posted by John   10:42:00

08 Jun 2010

Mendoza Winery visit

Mendoza Winery visit

Recently I made my first trip to Mendoza wine region in Argentina and visited over 20 wineries. Gregg Phillips, our senior buyer, has made numerous trips down there. What I learned is interesting to me and I have a few observations, most positive, but a few that concern me.



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Posted by John   10:42:00

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