We at Anuva had yet another successful wine tasting in Buenos Aires. The attendance was strikingly international, complete with Sydney-sider, native Argentine, and a wonderful German couple.

The wines tasted, as well, were a big hit. The viticultural quintuplet began with the Anecon Torrontés from Vinos de los Andes. A smooth and flowery white wine, one of the German guests was surprised to find that this typically Argentine white wine was her favorite, as she expected to be most impressed by the more traditional Malbec varietal. The Torrontés paired really well with grapefruit and melon that we served, pleasantly surprise our guests. Las Perdices Sauvignon Blanc followed, and turned out to be even more popular than the first with its marked dryness and intense citrus notes.

A powerhouse trio of classically Argentine reds from Mendoza came next: Familia Mayol Bonarda, Don Juan Reserve Blend, also from Las Perdices, and a Cavagnaro Reserve Malbec. Far and away the last two reserve wines were the evening favorites. The reserve blend was an immediate hit with it’s intoxicating nose of spiced dark chocolates and tobacco which, over the following 30 minutes evolved into a cacophony of plums and raspberries. The Cavagnero Reserve Malbec was an appropriately rich and round finish to the evening. Described as “buttery, rich and hedonistic,” this is a perfect description as well of our satisfied states as the tasting came to a close and the conversation drifted from grape production to laughter and stories of the sobremesa (the table talk “over the table” after food and wine have been consumed).

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