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 Filed as : Regional SpotlightArgentinaChile

Making More Than Fleece

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  • Publish Date: Jun 9, 2009

Patagonia, world-renowned for its majestic peaks, enormous glaciers, emerald lakes, ancient petrified forests, Magellanic penguins, and a clothing line that bears its name, is now also producing some noteworthy wines.

With so much geographic diversity, it should come as no surprise that one of the world’s most beautiful regions should also contain the terroir to produce some of Mother Nature’s best wines. In particular, an extremely dry province in Patagonia called San Patricio Del Chañar is blessed with rock and sand-filled soil, intense sunshine, cool nights, little rain, and pristine meltwater from the Andes for drip irrigation--perfect climactic conditions for wine growing. With recent investment coming to the area, they are now producing some very nice Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

So be on the lookout for wines, let alone fleece jackets, from Patagonia. The Familia Schroeder "Saurus" Cabernet Sauvginon is our current Patagonia favorite, which offers rich, smooth dark berry and red fruit flavors with well integrated oak characteristics of spice and tobacco. At $14.50/bottle--the price is right.

This wine is not easy to find so visit www.taste-vino.com to order a few bottles from the importer directly.

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Vampire Weekend

Jun 10, 2009
There are also some great Pinot Noirs from Argentine Patagonia, including several from Familia Schroeder.

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