Category Archives: Argentina

This Bod’s For You!

I’m not making this story up. Honest. Vine Connections is a San Francisco-based importer specializing in wines from Argentina. You may be familiar with its excellent label, La Posta, which features several malbecs, a malbec-bonarda blend and an aromatic white … Continue reading

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Bobby Kacher – Dean of the DC Importers

The Washington, D.C., region is a very fun and active market for wine consumers, especially for those of us interested in imported wines. There is a vibrant cadre of wine importers serving this market, enough to keep wine lovers turning … Continue reading

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The Annual Thanksgiving Conundrum

Thanksgiving is coming, which means wine writers across the country are telling you to worry about what wines will clash with the cranberry sauce. To which I always say, “open one of everything” and turn the feast into a food-wine … Continue reading

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NostraWINEus predicts 2010 …

What’s up for wine lovers in 2010? Here are a few prognostications … An increasing emphasis on value over stature as the recession maintains its downward pressure on wine prices. Consumers will continue to “drink down” and look for wines … Continue reading

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Malbec Throw-Down at Vinexpo

Vinexpo 2009, which ran 21-25 June in Bordeaux, featured an interesting and obviously intentional juxtaposition. The Wines from Argentina pavilion was flanked by a more modest but still brazen presentation of the wines of Cahors, in southwest France, which considers … Continue reading

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More on the Loss of Billington Wines

In the fallout over the demise of Billington Wines, there is at least some good news: Alfredo Bartholomaus, the company€™s founder and a joyful bon vivant, will not be slipping away into full retirement just yet. Leonardo LoCascio, president of … Continue reading

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The Recession Claims Billington

The recession has taken a bite out of the Washington, D.C., wine community with the recent demise of Billington Wines, the Springfield, Va.-based company that helped put South American wines on U.S. dinner tables. Billington closed its doors May 15, … Continue reading

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Argentina’s Andes Advantage

In these recession-plagued times, we’re all looking for extra value. Ask any retailer or sommelier what wines are selling these days, and Argentine Malbec will be near the top of the list. “We’re selling the hell out of Mendoza,” one … Continue reading

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Fair Trade Wines – Yet Another Factor to Consider???

Vinophiles face a large number of choices every time we buy a bottle of wine. Cabernet or Merlot? Chardonnay barrel fermented or unoaked? Imported or domestic? California or local? (Well, I can dream, can€™t I?) Were the grapes farmed organically? … Continue reading

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Xmas Wine Camp 2008: Malbec and Petite Sirah Make Holiday Magic

Christmas is a wonderful time for getting together with family and friends – and for Wine Camp. I’ve written about this before, and about Dave Johnson, my brother-in-law’s brother-in-law, more or less. We do this exercise in wine geekdom twice … Continue reading

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