This week we hit the virtual road again with a trip to Argentina. A bunch of awesome shout outs (you guys are the best!) and a quick story of my childhood trauma of always being the male characters while belting out the libretto of Evita (so my sister could be La Reina!) and we're off to the Southern Hemisphere!
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Here are the notes:
- We start with a review of the history of Argentinean wine and how it got to be the 5th largest wine producer in the world.
- Then we talk about the unique climate of the main growing regions, and I dork out on a few wine terms
- We take a jaunt around the wine regions of Argentina, focusing on Mendoza (because it's 70% of production! We talk about the sub-areas of Lujan de Cuyo, Maipu and the Uco Valley) and the region of Salta (home of the highest vineyards in the world and some of the best Torrontés). Then we give an overview of La Rioja (different from the historic region in Spain), San Juan, Río Negro, and Neuquén.
- Malbec, Torrontés, Bonarda, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon are Argentina's main grapes and are covered in depth, including the grand dork out moment of the podcast -- when I talk about the Mendoza clone of Chardonnay, using the analogy of Dr. Evil and Mini-Me from Austin Powers.
- A quick wrap on pairing and then we're done!