Like many people new to Argentina and the world of it’s wines, I had never heard of Torrontes before setting foot in this country. My wine experience included trips throughout Europe and California’s famous Napa and Sonoma Valleys, but not once had I ever heard of this very special grape. It was not until my first wine tasting experience in Mendoza that I learned about this flagship white wine of Argentina and its amazing unique profile. With a bouquet of sweet, floral aromas the scent is captivating… but also, completely misleading! The taste is dry, the wine is smooth and your mouth is left feeling refreshed and satisfied. 

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So it’s not surprising that exportation of this grape in the world market is at an all-time high. In a recent article on WineSur.com, Argentine winemakers were asked to talk about the 2012 Torrontes’ characteristics and give their thoughts on how consumers across the globe are finding a new favorite with this varietal. A lot of importance is placed upon the fact that Torrtones is no longer just a pre-dinner drink, or post-meal wine, but something that can now be perfectly paired with great meals. As I learned from many wine tastings here in Buenos Aires, the floral notes of this wine pair perfectly with lemongrass or coriander undertones of most Thai or Asian cooking– a type of food typically difficult to pair.  With certainty, the Torrontes is now my “go to” when enjoying my favorite Thai curries or spicy foods (even thought they are so hard to get in Buenos Aires – I usually make my own!), especially since my previous Malbec pairings usually brought out a bit too much pepper on the palate and left me unsatisfied, which would happen with nearly any red wine. 
 
The article also discusses their take on the 2012 vintages that are yet to be released and how the feel the grape is looking to express itself in a market that now is eagerly awaiting its arrival. Although the climate included a bit more wet weather and cloud coverage than in previous years, winemakers felt certain that the Torrontes maintained its “greater natural acidity, offering fresh wines with a citric profile” and “aromas of white flowers” that are commonly associated with this varietal. The quote that may sum it up best was from Adiran Meyer, the winemaker from Terrazas de Los Andes in Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza. He feels that the “2012 Torrontés wines from Cafayate preserve a good expression of white and citrus fruits, and in some cases they show light herbal notes that boost its freshness. In general, they boast good acidity, moderate alcohol level and a medium body. The 2012 harvest stands out for its elegance and aromatic accuracy.” Sign me up for when those vintages are released! 
 
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