I stopped in at the Wines of Argentina trade show here in NYC yesterday. There were around 70 wineries pouring their wares, and a good crowd showed up (press and trade only).
A solid buzz filled the room, and it was good to see. It’s a big deal for some of these wineries to pay their way here and show off their wines, and they were happy to be so well-received. Argentina is definitely on the upswing--particularly with Malbec--though there remains a large amount of weak wine as well. Getting a critical mass of quality-oriented wineries that can establish Argentina as a true category here is the next big step.
You can check out my next annual report on Argentina in the upcoming Nov. 30 issue. In the meantime, let me know if you’ve tried any Argentinean wines lately...
Tomorrow morning, I'm off to Kiawah Island, S.C., for my one final, massive, crazy golf fling of the year (five rounds in four days, including one on the famous Ocean Course). I’ve got my handicap down to an all-time low, and am anxious to see how I fare on some difficult tracks.
So I won't be around to chime in. I'll be back next week ... until then, cheers!