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Bruce Sanderson

November 2006

The Best-Laid Plans
Posted: Nov 29, 2006 12:25pm ET
My plan was to work my way through some great beef and Malbec in Buenos Aires. I even had a cheat sheet of all the t op-scoring Malbecs we published in 2006. It began accordingly, with two steaks and two Malbecs within 24 hours.
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Argentina’s Wine Boom
Posted: Nov 25, 2006 11:26am ET
My first visit to Argentina was in 1997. I spent 4 days in the Mendoza area, visiting wineries and tasting. My impression then was that this country was a sleeping giant with great potential. The established wineries were expanding, yet Mendoza and the country as a whole lacked basic infrastructure.
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Big Plates, Bigger Steaks
Posted: Nov 23, 2006 10:32am ET
You know a place is serious about its steaks when they are larger than the oversize plates. Just a little over 12 hours after La Brigada, I was tucking in to a Cabaña Las Lilas club steak. That’s a rib eye on the bone.
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In a Temple of Beef and Wine
Posted: Nov 21, 2006 10:23am ET
La Brigada is a small storefront in Buenos Aires' blue-collar barrio of San Telmo. It’s a bustling place, with people milling about on the street waiting for a table in the small room. Inside it’s packed, with tables on the main floor and a second level.
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Back in Buenos Aires
Posted: Nov 20, 2006 12:03am ET
I’m back in Buenos Aires for a little R & R. It’s my third time in this fascinating city. My initial visit was just a teaser, a day and a half after visiting wine regions in both Chile and Mendoza, Argentina.
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A 1990 Flashback
Posted: Nov 16, 2006 10:51am ET
Recently, I had half a dozen wines from the 1990 vintage. And at the age of “sweet sixteen,” those wines showed how great this vintage is. I blind-tasted two Champagnes from the 1990 vintage in August, during my annual Champagne tasting.
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Surrounded By Pinot Noir
Posted: Nov 1, 2006 11:10am ET
Reflecting on the California Wine Experience just over a week ago, I am amazed at the popularity of Pinot Noir. Not only did we have more California Pinots than at any previous Wine Experience, we added a handful from Oregon (7) for good measure.
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