If you haven’t been to Argentina to explore wine and wine culture, it’s time to consider putting it on your list. Our friends in the Southern hemisphere are making wines that are getting better and better each and every year. The superstar grape – Malbec – is the red wine many love the region for, but there are also many other grapes to dive into and enjoy.
Right now at the Argentina section at the LCBO, you’ll find wines at really great prices, many of which are on sale or have Aeroplan point offers. If you’re looking for the perfect place for Thanksgiving inspirations Argentina will have what you’re looking for at prices you won’t believe.
Here are 6 wines curated for you to authentically explore Argentina at the LCBO this week:
Los Cardos Dona Paula Sauvignon Blanc
Established in 1997, the Doña Paula name is known around the world. Vineyards are planted at nigh-high elevation and are located at 1,050 meters above sea level. Located at the foot of the Andes Mountain range vines benefit from pure snow melt water and produce wines of purity and elegance. This Doña Paula Sauvignon Blanc is great value with a current $2 off promotion. A fantastic wine to pour as an aperitif to Thanksgiving dinner. With its notes of soft pear, citrus and light tropical aromas, its balance of acidity makes for an elegant wine at a price that simply cannot be beaten.
Graffigna Pinot Grigio
Located on the unique terroir in the San Juan region of Argentina, Graffigna has more than 145 years of winemaking history. Founded by an immigrant Italian named Santiago Graffigna, a passionate explorer and innovator, today the wines from Graffigna are loved and authentic. This Graffigna Pinot Grigio I’ve sipped on for a very long time now. Crisp, refreshing and filled with citrus and light floral notes it’s the ideal bottle to pick up and serve as the white wine of choice for your Thanksgiving feast.
Terrazas De Los Andes Malbec Reserva
It’s easy to understand why so many people love Malbec from Argentina. It’s juicy, fruity and can pair with everything from Tuesday night tacos to weekend date nights. Terrazas De Los Andes Malbec Reserva is made from vines that are 20-80 years old and has spent time in oak for 12-14 months in french oak barrels (some of which are new and some of which are 2nd, 3rd and 4th use). This wine has structure and freshness, making it a great bottle to showcase with a prime rib dinner.
The winery also specializes in a low environmental impact and a sustainable ethos for energy, wastewater, recycling and implementing technology to reduce pesticide use. They also take social development seriously empowering over 1,500 low-income children with annual educational programs that foster creativity, teamwork and the environment. The winery also helps provide clean drinking water to 150 disadvantaged families in Altamira and works with a variety of not-for-profit associations.
Masi Tupungato Passo Doble Organic
A wine made in Argentina, with an Italian flare, this wine is made using an appasimento style of winemaking. This means that the grapes are dried out before pressed concentrating the flavours and aromas and creating a unique final wine. A process that is typical in the northern part of Italy, this Malbec also has the addition of an Italian grape called Corvina. Both an Organic and Vegan wine, this wine offers up supple notes of ripe red fruit and soft notes of spice. A bottle that blends both the old and new world, it’s perfect to showcase to lovers of Italian wine who need a reason to fall in love with Argentina,
A caiquén is a Patagonian goose that flies freely between Chile and Argentina and is a fitting name for the winemaker and winemaking superstar Aurelio Montes. A wine that also symbolizes one to “spread your wings” this wine is certified sustainable and also vegan. Kaiken owns vineyards in the most prestigious wine regions of Argentina this wine is rustic and fruity making it a fantastic pairing with smoked brisket or pulled pork sandwiches.
Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon
Celebrating 100 years of family winemaking Alamos is grown at elevations up to 5,000 feet along the Andes Mountains. The cool evenings and intense sunlight help to produce elegant and delicious cabernet that is oak aged and offers up layers of flavour from black fruit and blueberries mixed with soft vanilla, and baking spices. Pair with barbecue-inspired thanksgiving dinner.