Join us on Wednesday, July 31 from 6-7 pm (PST) on Twitter for #winechat
#Winechat was created by Marie Sanderson Payton, then wine lovers enjoyed the weekly event via Bill Eyer and it's now led by Protocol Wine Studio. We're fans of Protocol Wine Studio as they believe in a true wine culture: taste it, share it, live it.
If you have a Twitter account, it's easy to participate in #WineChat. Add us to your calendar for July 31 from 6-7pm (PST) and type in #winechat to follow the conversation. Join the conversation by using the hashtag so everyone can see your question or comment.
During this #winechat we'll be focused on Argentina's wine: providing information on the premier wine region Mendoza, tasting signature grape Malbec and sharing stories behind the people who create the wines.
Why Mendoza? It's where the vast majority of wines from Argentina are produced with significant differences between the subregions. Also, I (Courtney Quinn, wine importer of OWOC Wines) used to live there. We import wines from Argentina into California while sharing the story of people who produce the wine with the people who enjoy drinking the wine.
What Argentine wine will be tasted? The 2008 Malbec de Angeles Malbec. The Malbec is from a vineyard established in 1924 that preserves the terroir with little influences to the wine and named "Top 10 Malbec" by Decanter Magazine in June 2012. Both wines are 100% varietals.
How can I get the wines for this #winechat? We have a small quantity of wines for those in the trade or wine writers who can use the contact form to inquire. If you are in San Diego, we have a few spots at our tasting during #winechat at Protocol Wine Studio...please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve you spot. If you learn about #winechat too late to get the wines, I'd encourage you to still join us. I've participated in a few #winechat without the wines and still learned about wine regions, producers, etc.
We look forward to you joining the conversation on #winechat via Twitter on Wednesday, July 31 at 6pm (PST).
I have traveled around the world and Argentinians are some of the most friendly people. In Argentina, it's common to share stories with a stranger, then be invited for a meal and make a friend for life. When I traveled to Salta, I met the mother in the morning and that evening I was learning how to make empanadas in her home with her family. Next time I'm in Salta I will reunite with them.
The reality is that wine is what brings me back and many others to Mendoza. Wines from Argentina are outstanding quality for the price. Malbec and Torrontes are the signature grapes, two examples of the wide contrast and styles you can find in the wines here. This trip I'll experience Malbec World Day on April 17, harvest and try the new vintages.
It's fall here though hard to tell with the forecast of highs in the 80s next week. Outside Mendoza city, the area is a vast land of vineyards and beautiful bodegas (wineries). Plus there are picturesque views of the Andes Mountains topped with snow. Throughout Mendoza there is Italian architecture with Latin American style.
In preparation for this trip, I stopped eating red meat a week ago. Argentina has the most incredible steaks paired with wonderful wines that encourage any foodie to plan a trip here. It's not only steaks with excellent chicken, empanadas and pasta, too. The veggies are fresh so there are options for everyone.
If you have a sense of adventure it can be filled here. I've been paragliding here, which is one ofthe most popular places to do so in South America. This trip if the time allows I may go river rafting and horseback riding in the vineyards. In the evening it will be time to tango, though I'll leave that to the professionals.
The great thing about Argentina is you never know where the day is to take you. A stroll in the
park might lead to futbol (soccer) or a chance to find an extraordinary wine and a new friend.