Good Value Wines from Argentina
Argentina’s Santa Rita Winery has created an intriguing lineup of well-priced varietals for your delectation. In this season of entertaining, when quantity as well as quality influence the wine selection process, the more choices, the better.
This line of well-priced varietals honors 120 Argentine patriots who took refuge at the Santa Rita estate in 1814, saved by the winery’s matriarch. The wines provide tasty examples of each grape variety: Neither thin nor tepid, they are mouthfilling, with plenty of body and character.
- Crisp and refreshing Sauvignon blanc
- Rich and toasty Chardonnay
- Full-bodied and hearty Cabernet sauvignon
- Dense and chewy Syrah
- Deeply fruited and supple Merlot
- Meaty and Bordeaux-like Carménère
Stainless steel keeps the whites zesty and fresh. Fermentation in stainless steel prevents oxidation and wood flavors to intrude upon the fruit element. Acid levels remain spritely, making the wines easy to pair with food while also delicious to drink by themselves.
The reds enjoy good structure with light tannins that give them presence without harshness. Focused fruit and appropriate oak produce directly delicious yet complex wines.
Having wines to pull from the wine rack at any time means you are ready when company unexpectedly comes by or the urge for a nice glass of wine arises. Santa Rita bottles the 120 line with convenient screw caps. Since tainted corks rank as perhaps the main reason for off bottles, that’s a good thing.
Mulled wine is a treat to serve on cold days and for large gatherings. To make mulled you heat wine with sweetening, spices, fruit and other ingredients. You could call it the winter version of sangria. It’s delicious! Here is one recipe. Santa Rita’s red wines work well in this recipe.
- One bottle (750 ml) of red wine
- One peeled and sliced orange (add the zest to the cooking pot)
- 1/4 cup of brandy
- 8-10 cloves
- 2/3 cup honey or sugar
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp fresh or 2 tsp ground ginger (allspice can be substituted)
Combine the ingredients then heat at low to medium temperature in a pot or slow cooker. Do not use an aluminum pan, the wine can react with the metal. Do not boil, just heat till steaming. Use this recipe as a base for your own ideas. Go scant on the sweetening then add more if you find it lacks sweetness. Serve in a cup with an orange peel or a cinnamon stick as garnish, and Happy Holidays to You!