Along the last ten months, Buenos Aires has seen the inauguration of around 50 gourmet fast food stores that have nothing to do with the large chains, beyond the fact that they share the star dish. Among the alcoholic beverages served in these establishments, initially it was beer that took over the scene. Yet, wine is steadily proving to be the ideal match for gourmet burgers, due to the sophisticated proposals and diversity of sensations that only wine can offer. This will be, then, the 2016 pairing in Argentina, no doubt about it!
Wine is the drink obtained from the alcoholic fermentation of grape juice or must, whose origin is believed to date back to the Neolithic period. Over 60% of the current world’s grape production is used for wine production. The main wine producing countries are Italy, France, Spain, the United States and Argentina, followed by Chile, Australia, South Africa, Germany and Russia. Wines can be red, rosé, white or sparkling. Red wine is the most popular one. In Argentina, where it is called ‘quebracho’, it is considered the national drink. It is distinguished by its dark red colour and its high tannin concentration. Wines, regardless the type, can be produced from a single variety –called varietal or monovarietal wines– or from several varieties –called multivarietal or assemblage wines. Among the most grown red wine grape varieties are the Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir and Syrah, whereas among white wine grape varieties we can find the Chardonnay, Sauvignon or Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. By means of Bodega Argento’s blog, The Real Argentina, discover the secrets of the fascinating wine-growing world. You will know the different wine producing regions and their differences, the conditions of terroirs, the wine production process and how wine is aged in barrels and bottles, the work of oenologists and sommeliers, the steps you must follow to enjoy a successful tasting, the perfect pairing of food with wine for your menus, the places where you can sample the best Argentine wines –wineries, restaurants, hotels or bars– and the different festivities that take place around this drink, such as the Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia (Grape Harvest Fest), which is celebrated in the whole country between the last Sunday in February and the first Saturday in March.
Eat, drink and be merry: the Holiday Season in Argentina
Comer y beber es una fiesta. Y más aún cuando se celebra Navidad y Fin de año en Argentina. El menú Origen Los argentinos debatimos por Hay momentos del año en que el mundo se une como por ejemplo en las fiestas de Navidad y Año nuevo. Las fiestas son fiestas cuando hay comida y bebida para celebrar y cada país tiene sus platos típicos para estas fechas.