The wine world has never been more exciting, with more wine regions looking to make a name in the wine map of the world.
Last week, we introduced Bodega Lagarde wines from Argentina. Lagarde's wine collection is characteristic of the rich culture and innovation of wine making in Argentina, which is evolving to be one of the fastest growing exporters of wines.
But it wasn't always like that.
Argentinian wine production started to flourish only with the influx of European immigrants in the late 19th century.
There's something about Argentine wines that makes wine lovers want to put Argentina on their travel itinerary.
Malbec. Aaah, yes that silky, rich, fruity exuberant wine. Malbec is Argentina's premier grape in terms of reputation and quantity. Today, Argentina leads production of the grape with 97.574,91 acres of vineyards planted across the country and 75% of all the acres of Malbec in the world.
Odds are, if you enjoy drinking Cab Sauv, you'll enjoy drinking Malbec.
Aside from Malbec, what Argentine wines should you be drinking?
We know wine drinkers in the Philippines nowadays are excited to explore less mainstream wine, and don’t want to sacrifice quality for a cheap price, and so we've put together a list of wines from our latest collection and food pairings to go with the wines.
Lagarde Syrah - A gorgeous, balanced Syrah with persistent, chocolatey and vanilla finish. Raised for 8 to 12 months in oak, this red wine is a delicate balance between fruit and a sophisticated palate.
Here is a great classic Beef Caldereta recipe that pairs magnificently with this red wine.
Lagarde Guarda Cabernet Franc - This red Bordeaux variety makes up less than 1% of Argentina vines, but Cabernet Franc is on the rise. Lagarde Guarda Cabernet Franc is a gorgeous, rich, smooth red that is aromatic and with a long, lingering finish that's ideal to pair with this Roast Pork Loin recipe.
Altas Cumbres Torrontes - From a grape variety that stands out among Argentine white wines, Torrontes, this white wine is refreshing, peachy-taste, and easy to drink, with nice acidity present especially on the finish. Sip this Torrontes with any of these Filipino seafood recipes.
Altas Cumbres Torrontes also pairs well with spicy Thai and Chinese food.
Lagarde Primeras Vinas Cabernet Sauvignon - Oaky, medium-bodied, with moderate astringency felt in this superb Cabernet. This Cabernet Sauvignon is ideal to pair with red meats and hard cheeses like parmesan.
Here's a perfectly grilled Steak Recipe to try out.
Lagarde Guarda DOC Malbec - Of course, we are going to feature at least one Malbec from our latest Argentina wine collection, but no matter what you choose, it won't disappoint, especially this Malbec! The authentic flavours of Argentina are on full display here in this lip-smacking Malbec.
Elegant in the mouth, well balanced with beautifully integrated tannins making a very fine Argentine Malbec, that is perfect to pair with grilled red meats or pasta with red sauces.
So there you go. Great news for you wine lovers, tasting excellent Argentine wines is just a couple of clicks away.