In the Big Apple and craving a taste ofÂ 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 adoptedÂ 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 profileÂ wineries such as Vida & Alma and La Giustra del Vino â€“ but I assure you thatÂ passion unites them all in their quest for oenological perfection.
And yes, there will be some mind-blowing, top-scoringÂ Malbecs. Try the ZuccardiÂ Concreto 2014 (95 points) orÂ Vida y Alma 2013 (91 points) for size as well as some sexy whites:Â BacĂˇn Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2014 (92 points) andÂ Revolver Chardonnay 2014, a garagiste side projectÂ by Alto Las Hormigas’ Leo Erazo.
I travelled to Mendoza with Gabi in March 2015 â€“ alongside Argentina Beyond 2015 co-hosts and fellow somms Mariah Bryand andÂ Henrique Castillo â€“ and met many of the winemakers, at times welcomed into their homes, whose crafts will be available for tastingÂ in Brooklyn.
Winemaker SebastiĂˇn Zuccardi is a goodÂ friend of Gabi’s, andÂ gaveÂ 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-inducingÂ asado back in March and we tried a whole range of goodies.
Just last month, Seba giftedÂ Gabi a bottle ofÂ 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. ConcretoÂ is a modern classic in the making, so don’t let this one slip by.
Besides samplingÂ varietals and blends other than Malbec, this will also be a great intro to Mendoza’s sub regions such as El Cepillo,Â Gualtallary, Tupungato, Vista Flores, La Consulta and Altamira, which all form part of Uco Valley.