Wine Wednesday: Torrontes
Not my neighborhood but that is how it looked outside all day Saturday
The weekend of February 20, 2015 was forecasted to be a snowy one in the Mid-Atlantic and as all the citizens here do, we prepare by running to the store to pick up those few items that makes being snowed in more pleasant. I have yet to understand the need for bread, eggs and milk, every weather event, everyone runs out for these 3 items.
For me, it’s the ingredients to cook comfort food, Balsamic Roasted Chicken was the call of the day, and essential item on my list is wine. I discovered Quarry Wine & Spirits in Baltimore, MD and have fallen in love. Besides their wine selection including several wineries I am unfamiliar with at my chosen price point, the staff is well versed in their offerings.
I decided to experiment instead of going with “what I know” and asked the salesperson who greeted me for a suggestion. I told him my preferred varietals of wines are Pinot Grigio and Moscato. He responded “Have you tried the Torrontes? The smell of the wine is sweet and fruity like a Moscato but its palate (taste) is dry like a Pinot Grigio” The adventurer in me said OK, I’ll trust you.
From Wikipedia: Torrontés is a white Argentine wine grape variety, producing fresh, aromatic wines with moderate acidity, smooth texture and mouth feel as well as distinctive peach and apricot aromas on the nose. Three Torrontés varieties exist in Argentina: Torrontés Riojano, the most common, Torrontés Sanjuanino, and Torrontés Mendocino. It is primarily Torrontés Riojano that has received attention for the quality of its wines, and is the variety used for most Argentine wines simply labeled Torrontés.
There were 3 wineries presented to me, prices ranging from $10 to $15, I chose the Don Manuel Villafane Torrontes 2010 at $15.00. Tasting notes from the website:
Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Pairs with: Great partner for spicy food and Thai as well Smoked meats, mild to medium-strong cheeses, and seafood.
Until next time,