In the Big Apple and craving a taste of Argentina in a glass?
You’re in luck because multi-talented sommelier, winemaker and journalist Gabriel Dvoskin AKA Vinicast will be hosting Argentina Beyond 2015, a one-off tasting event on 8 September in New York City.
Aiming to break down some Malbec prejudices, this wine tasting is aimed at the curious oenophile and will feature wines made by Argentine garagistes as well as fourth-generation winemakers and others who’ve adopted the silver land as their home.
This is the perfect opportunity to sample some big names such as Familia Zuccardi and Alto Las Hormigas alongside low profile wineries such as Vida & Alma and La Giustra del Vino – but I assure you that passion unites them all in their quest for oenological perfection.
And yes, there will be some mind-blowing, top-scoring Malbecs. Try the Zuccardi Concreto 2014 (95 points) or Vida y Alma 2013 (91 points) for size as well as some sexy whites: Bacán Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2014 (92 points) and Revolver Chardonnay 2014, a garagiste side project by Alto Las Hormigas’ Leo Erazo.
I travelled to Mendoza with Gabi in March 2015 – alongside Argentina Beyond 2015 co-hosts and fellow somms Mariah Bryand and Henrique Castillo – and met many of the winemakers, at times welcomed into their homes, whose crafts will be available for tasting in Brooklyn.
Winemaker Sebastián Zuccardi is a good friend of Gabi’s, and gave us a personal tour around the family’s latest project, a fabulous new winery called Piedra Infinita in Altamira, Uco Valley, that’s due to open to the public by the end of 2015. He also welcomed us with a drool-inducing asado back in March and we tried a whole range of goodies.
Just last month, Seba gifted Gabi a bottle of Concreto 2014. It’s phenomenal: bold dark fruit and a sense of terroir that truly reflects Altamira’s limestone land. I know. I licked that rock when we were there. Concreto is a modern classic in the making, so don’t let this one slip by.
Besides sampling varietals and blends other than Malbec, this will also be a great intro to Mendoza’s sub regions such as El Cepillo, Gualtallary, Tupungato, Vista Flores, La Consulta and Altamira, which all form part of Uco Valley.