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Thursday, July 22, 2010

WINES FROM ARGENTINA....HIGH QUALITY...FAIR PRICES...EXPORT SALES UP 33% in 2009...by Philip S. Kampe

ARGENTINE Wine Expots have grown EXPONENTIALLY for the past five years.

In 2009 alone, wine exports from SALTA to PATAGONIA were UP 33%.

Dollar for dollar, more quality wines are being exported from Argentina than any other South American country, including Chile.

AREGENTINA's wine production is now FIFTH in the world, due, to foreign investment.
Over 1200 miles of vineyards are planted throughout Argentina, with the Mendoza region producing nearly 80% of the countries wines. Mendoza rests along the Andes, where irrigation from the mountains and high altitudes are favorable for growth.
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AREGENTINA has a very notable white grape varietal named TORRONTES.
Last night, I opened a bottle of LA LINDA TORRONTES 2009 produced by BODEGA LUIGI BOSCA from the Mendoza region. The yellow-greenish colored wine had a bouguet that was dominated by a very FLORAL lavender- orange aroma, followed by a fruity, concentrated, acidic, flavor that made me feel like I was drinking a true summer wine.
LA LINDA TORRONTES 2009 was a DOUBLE GOLD WINNER at the NextGen Wine Competion, beating out 700 other white wines.
At 14.2% alcohol and at $9.99 a bottle, this 89 point Robert Parker selection is a TRUE HIT.
Serve overly chilled..
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The second wine of the evening that was poured was a LUIGI BOSCA MALBEC RESERVA 2007 , which retails at $19.99 a bottle. This wine was produced from Malbec grapes of low yielding vines planted at the foothills of the Andes. The 3,500 foot vineyard lies in Lujan de Cuyo, an area of Mendoza.
This LUIGI BOSCA MALBEC 2007 RESERVA has a very round body and is ruby in color with aromas of coffee, pepper, lavender and fig. Aged in oak casks, this 2007 Malbec Reserva is supple and ripe with dark fruit and a medium body.
At 90 points from thw Wine Spectator, this elegent wine is a steal.
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NOW, is the time to support the WINES OF ARGENTINA!

PHILIP S.KAMPE
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