Today we’re taking a trip to Argentina for Wine Wednesday. Virtually. It’s a long flight. During COVID and the pandemic shutdown, virtual events, including wine tastings, became the order of the day. While they aren’t as prolific, they still happen quite regularly. Fortunately, I’m invited to join lots of virtual WINE seminars and tastings.
This week I also got to satisfy some wanderlust through a beautiful presentation by Domaine Bousquet. Just look at some of these gorgeous photos. Last week for Earth Day, I actually previewed this winery and promised more info. So here we go. The tasting was presented by winemaker Rodrigo Serrano and owner Anne Bousquet. Fun fact, Anne actually lives fulltime in Miami and travels back and forth to the family winery in South America every month.
The wines from Argentina
When Anne’s family bought the future vineyard land in 90’s, they intentionally set out to be organic and sustainable. Over the years they’ve managed to rack up every major certification to prove their commitment. Today, Bosquet is the country’s largest exporter of organic fruit and pioneers in many areas. They make natural and kosher wines too. The best part is that they are widely distributed and also affordable.
The tasting began with a sparkling rose as well as a new low calorie chardonnay. More on those in a future story. Today it’s all about the red wines. Domaine Bousquet. One of the labels under the winery’s umbrella is Virgen. The wines are vegan and have zero sulfites for preservation. No additives make the wine more fragile. The cases are actually swaddled n thermal blankets to keep the temperature cool while shipping to the United States. The 2021 red blend contains a third each of malbec, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc ($13.) It’s super fresh with flavors of cherry and cranberry. Because it’s a more pure wine, it seems like you can have a little extra and not feel bad later.
Gaia is the Greek goddess of the earth and an inspiration for the winery. It’s also the name of another Bosquet line. Gaia Malbec 2022 ($20) is medium bodied and juicy, just as one might expect from the Argentina’s signature red grape. This wine is produced through a process known as carbonic maceration. The grapes are not removed from the stems for fermentation.
Finally, the “Gran” line. While Argentina is most known for malbec, there are some great cabernet sauvignons being produced here. Domain Bousquet Gran Cabernet 2021 ($20) also has about 15% malbec to temper the tannins. The result is a wine that is full with dark berries and black pepper. 92 pts.
Enjoy this trip to Argentina for Wine Wednesday and try these wines if you are grilling this weekend. They cover all the bases.