The American palette loves a deep, dark, smooth, fruit-forward red wine. Although gaining in popularity in the US (mostly for their prices), many people feel that Argentine Malbecs can taste almost too woody, earthy, and sharp. The other night at our new favorite restaurant in Buenos Aires Sette Bacco, we found the solution to the sometimes tannin-heavy Malbec, with a tasty Malbec Cabernet blend from the Uxmal winery.
The post-Sideways Pinot Noir craze in the US is about to get a new international fusion, from Patagonia, Argentina. Argentine wines usually bring to mind Malbec, a woody, earthy varietal imported from France over 100 years ago or Torrontes, light, white wines from the north of Argentina. According to our friends at lo de Joaquin Alberdi Vinoteca, a great wine shop in Palermo Viejo in Buenos Aires, it's time to start trying Argentine Pinot Noir, made from wineries in Neuquén.