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Lindsay Wicka
June 27, 2013 | Food Pairings, Red Wine | Lindsay Wicka

Grilling and BBQ'ing with Argentina

When I'm not working, a good majority of my time is spent in the kitchen. Then summer begins, and I can bring my love for cooking outside- to the grill! When I think of grilling I think of grilled meats, which automatically makes me think of what will I be drinking with such... Well Ladies and Gentleman, allow me to introduce you to Argentina!! The home of tango, beef, and the oh so delicious Malbec.

While you can find Malbec grown in many places around the world, it is in Argentina where it fully comes alive. But Malbec isn't the only grape you'll find; Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Merlot, Chardonnay, Semillon are some others. Spain and Italy have definitely played a role in influencing the wine culture here.

Mendoza, located on the western border in central Argentina is the prime home of some of the best vineyards. Bordered by the Andes Mountains, you can find some of the highest elevated vineyards in the world- up to 5,000 ft. The altitudes of these vineyards play a significant role in the grapes maturation- helping to preserve acidity with the drastic temperature change from hot days to cool nights. 

What I truly love about some of the wines I've tasted from wineries around Mendoza is that even though they can be big wines, they can also have such elegance and grace about them. Exhibiting serious, and playful characteristics at the same time. The aromas catch your attention, and draw you in while the flavors roll like silk on your tongue.  Like the tango, they can be quite the seductors.  If spices, black fruits, minerals, damson plums, strawberries, toasted oak, vanilla, and caramel intrigue you- then spend a little time with Argentina and it's Malbec and Bonarda. 

Grilled meats and Argentinian wine have such an infinite love for each other.  So next time you're firing up the grill, or even bbq pit- don't forget to get your Argentinian wine. Wineries like Familia Mayol, Durigutti, Hermanos, and dozens more are producing awesome wines at excellent prices. 

Stop by City Wine, and try these delicious Argentinian wines today!

Los Nevados Malbec Mendoza 2011

Jelu Patagonia Pinot Noir 2010

Hermanos Malbec-Tannat Saltas 2011 

Bodegas Deumayen Malbec Reserve Trez 2008

Anoro Chardonnay Mendoza 2009


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