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 Filed as : Regional SpotlightArgentina

Cowboys, Steaks and Red Wine

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  • Publish Date: Apr 7, 2009

Nestled at the foot of the Andes, Mendoza stands out as the premier wine growing region of Argentina and has helped elevate the status of the fifth red wine grape in great Bordeaux, Malbec, to the status of an international icon in the wine world. It’s no surprise that Mendoza has become the epicenter for a people with a long history of ranching and a need for a great red wine to pair with steak.

After a day of tasting Malbec and Argentina’s super-coiffable, floral, aromatic, and thirst-quenching white wine, Torrontes, Mendoza-goers can unwind on the porch of an estancia (traditional Argentine ranch) sipping mate. Experience the vast, rustic beauty of the region as a gaucho (cowboy) guides you on horseback across the plains and return to some of the best steak you’ll ever have.

If a trip to Argentina isn’t in the cards, simply close your eyes and envision what’s pictured above as you indulge in that smooth, big bodied, full flavored bottle of Malbec you “stole” for less than 20 bucks.

Do you have a favorite wine from Mendoza or have you recently tasted one you like? Take a second to share your recommendation or just see what people are sipping below.

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The Twisted Few
Pomegranate For Life

Apr 7, 2009
I recently had a bottle of Decero from Mendoza region. VERY big bodied. You will need a heavy duty steak to pair with that! A great fine.

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Apr 7, 2009
My favorite is the malbec produced by Tapiz.

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Apr 7, 2009
Bought 2007 Alamos Malbec Mendoza several months ago from Trader Joe's for 15.99, I think. Just noticed it was on cover of Wine Spectator this month, so what choice did I have but to open it immediately. Dark cherry overture stabilized by bright acidity. Pretty darn good, especially for the price!

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Apr 7, 2009
Mendoza is on my top three hit list for new wine regions to visit- this Sip makes me want to go even more!

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Apr 7, 2009
Traveled to Mendoza in December, loved the wines and realized there are hundreds of great vineyards. Here are some favorites. Also, take a look at http://www.vinesofmendoza.com/ for some great wines. Achaval Ferrer Winery 2007 (Mendoza). $22*. Very Good. Just plain pleasing. Ripe, tasty and easy to like, with a soulful earthiness and a dash of lemon. Comfort wine, easy to sip and easy to like. Drink now. Famiglia Bianchi 2006 (San Rafael, Mendoza). $16.99. Very Good. Spicy and peppery, lighter than some but with ripe, earthy fruit. Nicely balanced, with black cherry-blackberry fruit and some interesting edges. Trapiche 'Oak Cask' 2006 (Mendoza). $10.99. Very Good. Best value (tie). Memorable black-tar nose, with some charred wood. Rich, black wine with good minerals. Fresh and lively despite its weight, with big, bright fruit. Bodega Lurton 'Reserva' 2006 (Mendoza). $13.99. Good/Very Good. Tastes true and nicely crisp, but more relaxed than many, like everything was taken down a notch, so it's especially good with food.

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Apr 7, 2009
Had the Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva in NY...great value fopr a $15 wine...also had the classic at $10.99...these wines have lots of red fruits, exellent balance and good acidity...fresh and lush...

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Apr 7, 2009
Had a bottle of the 05 Crios Malbec. Great bargain! blackberry, chocolate, spice...tasty

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Apr 7, 2009
Malbecs are such a great bang for the buck!

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Apr 7, 2009
Malbec is my favorite grape right now! I have had great ones lately, the best being Enrique Foster, Paul Hobbs, and Sur. They all seem to be good, regardless of price.

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Apr 7, 2009
We drank a bottle of Enrique Foster Malbec 2003 this weekend. It was delicious!

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