Category Archives: South America

Looking for Something Different? Give Marselan a Tray

Bodega Garzon 2016 Marselan Reserve – The Marselan grape is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache; and that puts it squarely in the middle on acidity and tannin levels and gives it instant, crowd-pleasing appeal. This selection from the Uruguay winery carries a whiff of savory herbs on the nose, understated flavors of inky […]

Celebrate World Malbec Day With These Recommendations from Argentina

April 17 is World Malbec Day, a celebration of the red wine grape that originated in France and is now grown in vineyards around the world. The day was chosen to coincide with a reported declaration by the president of Argentina to acquire French vines, including malbec, and plant them in Argentinian soils in 1853. […]

Explore International Wines from New and Old World Sources

The focus of my column has always been on Washington wine – and with good reason. Our state produces all the essentials a wine enthusiast could ask for: white wines ranging from crisp, vibrant riesling to full-bodied chardonnay and a wide array of red wines from velvety merlot to big, bold cabernet sauvignon. But even […]

Celebrate Malbec With Affordable Choices From Argentina

These days there’s practically a special day for everything. World Smile Day, World Pasta Day, World Left-Handers Day … even World Malbec Day. Did somebody say Malbec Day? Now that’s a day I’ll celebrate. World Malbec Day was established a few years by an organization called Wines of Argentina (think Washington Wine Commission as a […]

Vancouver Wine Festival Features a Plethora of Chilean Syrahs

Earlier this month I traveled north to the Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival and took a break from Northwest wines to attend a seminar that featured a tasting of syrahs from Chile. A couple of things really stood out during the tasting. First, most of Chile’s grape growing regions are located in temperate, rather than warmer […]