Argentina: Beyond Malbec

February 24th, 2011
The Wine Economist

p1000299[1]“To Infinity … and Beyond!”

That’s the motto of Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story movie series. The joke is on Buzz of course — there’s nothing beyond Infinity. It’s infinity all the way out. Try as you might, you’ll never get past it.

The Malbec Buzz

I’m thinking about Buzz and his Infinity dilemma because we are in Argentina right now learning as much as we can about the wine industry here, which is enjoying an unprecedented boom. Especially Malbec, which accounts for 60% of Argentinean wine exports to the U.S. market.

The Malbec boom must provide a Lightyear buzz for Argentinean wine makers. Malbec seems to go on and on … not to infinity, but certainly as far as the eye can see. Full article

Tasting Menu

Breaded veal tongue stuffed with brie cheese & sundried tomatoes and piquillo peppers sauce paired with Chandon Cuvée Reserve Pinot Noir

Baby squid & pickled vegetables salad
Rutini Gewürztraminer 2009

Rabbit liver & spinach ravioli with mushroom stock
Ricardo Santos Sémillon 2010

White salmon with ajoblanco, almonds, roasted tomatoes, zucchinis & bean pods
Miguel Escorihuela Gascón Pequeñas Producciones Chardonnay 2009

Iced lullo, litchis, caramelized pumpkin seeds & yogurt foam
Rutini Vin Doux Naturel (Sémillon – Verdicchio) 2007

Allspice philo pastry, chocolate cream, apple, saffron ice cream & cardamom milk
Rutini Vino Dulce Encabezado de Malbec 2007