In Chile and Argentina, distinctive character is beginning
Malbec and Carmenère. Apalta and Luján de Cuyo. Not exactly familiar names to most wine consumers. But South America—Chile and Argentina in particular—is looking to change that. After establishing reputations as producers of "fighting varietals" that mostly offered acceptable, if unexciting wines at reasonable prices, Chile and Argentina are beginning to realize more ambitious goals.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands April 30, 2002.