We were greeted by sunshine on Saturday morning as we began setting up for our Argentine wine tasting and BBQ. The beautiful weather persisted throughout the day and soon enough the intoxicating smells of wood being fired to heat the grills filled the air.
Our guests starting filtering through the door right on time and were greeted with smiles and excitement as the staff was prepared to share some of our favorite finds from the Southern Hemisphere. We had a bit of everything from lesser known producers to wines brought to us by the skilled hands of Paul Hobbs who’s single vineyard Napa Valley wines command hundreds of dollars upon release. Folks swirled and sipped, some were surprised, some knew what to expect, but everybody was delighted by the intrinsic quality of what was offered.
All of that tasting can create quite an appetite, and when the food was ready the lines grew quickly. Classic BBQ flavors with hints of South American style greeted your taste buds. If you were digging in to the ribs your napkin quickly became your best friend. Filet with chimichurri, and chicken with Spanish influenced cream sherry sauce, accompanied by a unique salad and savory rice rounded out the meal.
As things started to wind down people hit the stacks of wine hard to grab their selections from the tasting to take home and share with their friends. As the wine flew out the door we got the shop ready for the evening crowd. As luck would have it we have a handful of wine still here and available for those who had to miss the event. Come by if you get a chance and we will get some of these can’t miss wines in your hands before they run out on us.
In the Torrontes category, favorite Don David Torrontes by Michel Torino is still available. Extremely floral nose, but crisp on the palate. A great summer sipper at $14.99. Other popular choices were Aymara ($14.99) and Colome ($11.99).
If Chardonnay is your thing, Argentina has some well-balanced and affordable versions to offer. Try Alamos (a perennial Imbibe Top 100 selection, $11.91), Catena Alta Chard ($33.99), Nieto Chard ($9.99), or Sophenia Chard Reserve ($15.99). There’s something for every palate here.
Malbec, Malbec, Malbec! This grape loves Argentina. We’ve got Alamos (of course, $12.91), Amancaya Malbec/Cab blend ($20.99), Colome ($23.99), Don Nicanor ($15.99), Enamore ($27.99) and Gascon (another Top 100 favorite, $10.99)
We’ve got many more selections in many more categories. Why not stop by and peruse your choices, and you can taste many of them on our wine bar all this week.