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One great thing about Argentina is you can get virtually anything delivered to your home — including wine.
The company 0800-VINO provides a free wine home delivery service for purchases within most of Capital Federal, and by prior arrangement to Greater Buenos Aires and other provinces. For smaller deliveries, a small surcharge applies. Outside of regular delivery times, orders can be placed online or by calling the sommelier’s cell number, and deliveries arranged accordingly.
The 0800 wine cellar is generally closed to the public, except for tasting events, although purchases can be made there by prior arrangement. Serious connoisseurs can even hire space in the cellar to store premium wine. Film director and part-time resident of Buenos Aires, Francis Ford Coppola counts on owner, Nigel Tollerman as his personal sommelier in Argentina and also uses the cellar to store his local collection.
So how do Argentine wines rate on an international scale, and which ones should we buy?
“The Malbec is leading the way amongst the reds and the Torrontés as a distinctive, fresh, aromatic, and economically-priced white. Malbec is developing a deserved reputation as a concentrated, full-bodied wine with complex dark spicy fruit, interesting aging potential and ability to adapt to the diverse local terrains, and an excellent price-quality relation on the international market, particularly in the USA,” says Tollerman.
“The quality at the top-end continues to increase and compete with the best of the New World, and greater consistency is now being achieved across all price points. Apart from Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon (most notably from Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza), Bonarda and Pinot Noir (from Río Negro, Patagonia) are also gaining in prestige and market share,” he says.
And if you’re looking for a great bottle of wine for under $10, Tollerman says there are plenty of options.
“Personally I would go with the Amalaya from Colomé, the Hess Collection winery located in Salta Province, along with the adjacent Tacuil winery— it is the world´s highest, and is a pioneer in high-altitude biodynamic winemaking,” he says. “It´s a distinctive and complex blend of principally Malbec, plus some Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tannat.”
“Otherwise I might plump for one of the fruit-forward entry-level Malbecs or Bonardas made by Hector Durigutti — a real up-and-coming force in Argentine winemaking.”
–by Dan Colasimone
Anchorena 695, (corner of Tucumán)
Phone (Office): 4966 2500
Cell: 155 771 0259
• Credit Cards Accepted
• Regular Delivery times:
Monday : 10am to 1pm ; 4 to 6pm
Tuesday : 10am to 1pm ; 6 to 8pm
Wednesdays : 10am to 1pm ; 6 to 8pm
Thursday : 10am to 1pm ; 6 to 8pm
Friday : 10am to 1pm ; 6 to 8pm
Saturday : 10am to 1pm ; 7 to 8pm