Last month a new Argentinian wine called Esquinas De Argento made it's debut at LCBO stores across Ontario. Esquinas De Argento represents the vibrant city life on the streets of Buenos Aries. The street structure is organized in a grid pattern that forms a network of esquinas (corners) that reflects the energetic sights and sounds of urban life in the city. ‘Esquinas – where life happens.’
The winery, Bodega Argento, is situated at the foothills of the Andes Mountains in the Maipú area of Mendoza’s Central Region where the vineyards benefit from the high-altitude desert climate, strong sunlight exposure and pure glacial melt-waters. Winemaker Silvia Corti and her team at Bodega created two distinct wines from Argentina that both posses fruity notes with a smooth, mild and easy-to-drink style.
The Cabernet Sauvignon is a versatile red that is perfect to bring to any gathering in the fall and winter months. It pairs lovely with lamb, beef and other grilled meats and is very velvety and smooth on the palette. It is full-bodied with aromas of blackberry, vanilla, earth and woody spice.
The Pinot Grigio is very crisp and refreshing with flavours of white nectarines and peaches. It is best paired with seafood, light pastas, grilled chicken and many cheeses. It is dry and medium-bodied with delicate floral aromas.
I had the opportunity to try out both wines at the Esquinas de Argento launch last month at El Almacen in Toronto. El Almacen Café is a small gem on Queen St West that specializes in mate which is made from the naturally caffeinated leaves of the celebrated South American rainforest holly tree. Yerba Mate has the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the rapture of chocolate all in one beverage. The tea is prepared by steeping the dried leaves and twigs of the mate plant in hot water (not boiling). It has an herbal, grassy taste with some varieties somewhat reminiscent of certain types of green tea. The traditional way to drink yerba mate is communally from a hollow gourd with a metal straw.
El Almacen also serves some South American eats such as the popular Argentinian cookie alfajores, empanadas, chorizo dishes, and more.
Esquinas De Argento can be found at LCBO stores for less than $12 a bottle, so pick one up now and unleash the taste of Buenos Aries!