Food & Drink

Argentine vintages are fruity and tasty

If you’re curious about wines from Argentina, why not consider giving them a try?

They’re generally fruit-forward, tasty wines and many are priced at under $20 a bottle.

Here are a few recommendations that can be found at several local Haggen stores, The Vine wine shop and Gateway Wines downtown:

La Yunta 2006 Torrontes (about $10): Lovely peach and honeydew melon flavors with a slightly citrusy finish highlight this white wine. Great with seafood or as an aperitif.

Carlos Basso 2005 Cabernet/Malbec (about $10): This well-balanced wine features pleasant berry aromas and dark currant flavors backed by good acidity. Makes a nice choice to pair with a beef entrée.

La Yunta 2005 Tinto (about $10): This blend of five red varietals is slightly floral with juicy flavors of blackberry and plum and is capped by a soft finish.

Paris Goulart 2005 Malbec/Cabernet (about $14): An old vine blend with a beautiful nose of fresh berries, dark cherry flavors and a lush, plump finish accentuated by touches of sweet oak. Delicious!

Martino 2003 Malbec (about $19): An outstanding Malbec that’s dark and complex with hints of mocha on the nose, subtle licorice and black cherry flavors and a slightly spicy finish reminiscent of a zinfandel.

If you’d like to learn more about Argentinean cuisine, local cookbook author Mary Ellen Carter will be hosting a class at the Community Food Co-op on May 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. featuring empanadas, sauces, grilled meats and many of the wines noted above. Register at the co-op service desk at 1220 North Forest St. or call 734-8158.

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