Pinot Noir lovers will be drawn to Portillo Pinot Noir. Lively and fruity, it has cherry, cranberry and spice tones that go beautifully with foods ranging from lamb and charcuterie to grilled salmon and empanadas. Argentina is, of course, famous for its Malbecs, so two are included here. Alamos Malbec is an extra-dry red with smoky, earthy notes that match well with its aromas of plum and licorice. Pair it with savoury beef dishes like brisket or peppercorn roast beef. Don David Reserve Malbec is an oak-aged red with plenty of spicy dark fruit flavours and smoky chocolate notes. Try it with casual fare like pulled beef ragu on a bun. This sampling of reds is rounded out by La Mascota Cabernet Sauvignon, a smooth, extra-dry wine that has currant and black plum notes followed by a cedar finish.
The region’s fresh white wines are an exciting discovery as well. The sustainably grown Los Cardos Doña Paula Sauvignon Blanc has lively flavours of kiwi, citrus and herbs, followed by a mineral finish. Graffigna Pinot Grigio is a crisp, vibrant sipper that pairs light floral tones with flavours of herbs, mushrooms and citrus. Salud!