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Argentina took the wine world spotlight in the late 20th century with its plush, smooth Malbec. While the popular red grape still reigns supreme, Argentine wineries are increasingly putting forth excellent examples of multiple varietals, all at the extraordinary bargains that make this region so accessible. Now the fifth largest wine-producing nation in the world, Argentina enjoys high-altitude and low-humidity vineyard sites, comparatively unencumbered by insects and disease. Argentina’s unique terroir has captured the interest of such internationally celebrated winemakers as Paul Hobbs and Michel Rolland, both of whom have projects in the country.
While more than 60 percent of Argentine wine hails from the Mendoza province, don’t hesitate to try wines from other important regions such as San Juan, La Rioja, and Salta. Grape offerings reflect the country’s diverse history: French immigrants brought Malbec as well as Syrah, Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Merlot; Italians brought Bonarda and more well-known Italian grapes such as Sangiovese, Barbera, and Nebbiolo; and Spanish influence brought Tempranillo; meanwhile, Argentina’s most famous white grape, the aromatic Torrontes, is believed to have originated right in San Juan valley. More exciting than ever without sacrificing value, Argentine wine shows no signs of cooling down.
Assistant Wine Manager, Premium Wine & Spirits
A former Metropolitan Opera Regional winner, Bruce holds a Master of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music and has been an active professional singer and voice teacher in the Buffalo area for 35 years, including 31 as tenor soloist and 22 as adjunct professor of theatre at Niagara University. He has worked an equal number of years in the wine and liquor industry, the last ten of which as a member of the wine staff at Premium Wines, where he is currently Assistant Wine Manager. The compatibility of music and wine, he believes, is the profound human expression of sound and structure, nature and the winemaker’s art, respectively. Partial to wines of the Loire and Germany, Sherry and White Burgundy, he likes all wines that resonate with the character of their place of origin. He sings lead in the store’s “Bottleshop Quartet.”