Wine: Thank you, Argentina
“Anyone looking for value in wine should look to Argentina,” said Dave McIntyre in The Washington Post. That’s true even for $100 bottles, but excellent options start below $15. The secret is the Andes: Vineyards enjoy cooler air but more intense sun the higher they climb, and growers keep pushing higher.
2018 Santa Julia Tintillo Malbec-Bonarda ($13). “Bursting with fruit and energy,” this red blend could ignite a party at first sip. Santa Julia is a label created by the Zuccardi family, one of two names you can always trust.
2016 Catena Tupungato Chardonnay ($20). Catena is the second name, and this chardonnay combines “racy acidity, a firm mineral character, and a dash of spice.”
2017 Santa Julia Reserva Mountain Blend ($13). This malbec–cabernet franc blend is “bold and juicy, with flavors of plums, dark fruit, and spice.” ■