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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (September 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811873307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811873307
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Argentina's reputation as a producer of wonderful wine is on the rise; it's now the world's sixth-largest, and wine-based tourism is rapidly growing. Author and vintner Catena (Mendoza: Our Terroir), the fourth generation of her family to produce wine, keeps her tight focus on the country's Mendoza region and the many wineries that take advantage of its "enviable terrior...of low-fertility soils, cool mountain nights, sunny days, and low humidity." These qualities appeal to tourists as well, and Catena's effort, including friendly conversations with wine-makers, intimate looks at restaurants and wines, a chapter of recipes, and well-researched historical anecdotes, provides ample temptation to visit, aided by Sara Remington's luminous photos of the Mendoza region and its people. Catena could have included a few more trappings to make her book more vacation-friendly (like a map of the country or a discussion of cost) but, as the title promises, her focus is wine, not museums, parks, or malls, and it makes a nice addition for the wine lover. Photos.
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About the Author

Laura Catena belongs to the fourth generation of an Argentine-Italian winemaking family and serves as president of Botega Catena Zapata. She splits her time between San Francisco and Mendoza.

Sara Remington is a San Francisco-based photographer.

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Easy to read and enjoyable.
greyfrog
Wonderful introduction to the wines and wine country of Argentina, with the added bonus of lots of local detail as well as cultural and historical background.
C. Mones
While there are some great recipes to try without leaving home, I think this book really makes me want to go back soon.
Malbec Lover

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By vinegirlWI on November 10, 2010
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I enjoyed reading this book. However, a really apt description I read from Laura Cantena is that it's her "personal invitation to visit Argentina" and it's wine country. So, it's a bit more high level and less detailed than I'd have liked (which is why I gave it 4 rather than 5 stars), almost reading like a general guidebook, albeit with Laura Cantena as your guide. I was hoping for more in depth details about the wine regions of Argentina. Instead, the wine regions profiled are covered rather briefly and different aspects are highlighted, but not really in depth. It does give you a sort of general idea about the culture and ambiance of each region, and after reading it there are definitely some areas I'd like to visit, and I really want to find a Torrantes from Salta now too. A large section of the book is the included Argentine recipes (most sound like they would take a lot of time - someday when I have a lot of spare time, I would like to try them, as they do sound good) and a suggested 2-week itinerary for visiting there. The photos in the book are gorgeous, if only they were bigger!

Overall, I'd recommend the book if you want to know a bit about Argentina wine regions, just understand its not exhaustive coverage of the topic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Malbec Lover on December 16, 2010
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I have spent ten years traveling to Argentina for working in the wine business. This book not only taught me a few wine-specific things I didn't know, but also introduced me to a lot of the characters and history of Argentina and its wine industry that I didn't know. It is a great survey and also a wonderful stepping-off point for anyone who is curious about Malbec, Torrontes, Bonarda, and other gems from this quickly emerging wine region superstar. While there are some great recipes to try without leaving home, I think this book really makes me want to go back soon. Great photos give a nice feeling for the country and its people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ed Klaas on December 22, 2010
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I just returned from a trip to Mendoza in which I am helping a friend to purchase land in the area on which he will create his own vineyard and winery. Filled with enthusiasm I was looking for a book that would provide me with greater background on the vineyard and winery industry and way of life in Argentina. Little did I know that I would run across this book. I looked at several books that I might revisit later but when I stumbled upon Laura's book I almost shouted, "that's it!". It was exactly what I was looking for! It has an interesting history, is well written and I liked the food section for good measure. It is the book I would have written if I had the opportunity. I lived in Argentina in the late 90s and am not ashamed to say that I am an asado lover and a fan of all argentine cuisine. The pictures are great and makes me even more enthusiastic about my next trip in a month. Thank you, Laura, for doing such a great job. I really enjoy your book and will return to it often. I hope to have the opportunity to meet you in person some day soon. Ed Klaas ed@southernsprinklers.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicole E. Savageaux on March 30, 2011
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Not only did I have no idea that there are penguins in Argentina, I really didn't know much at all about the country at all until I read this book. By the end of the first five pages I was hankering to visit this land of diverse climates, wonderful food and wine, wine, wine! Since that wasn't possible I took the book (turned to page 21) with me to k&L wine purveyors where they helped me choose the first Bonarda and Torrontes I had ever had and also some amazing Malbec. I made the Chimichurri and Dulce de Leche recipes at the end of the book, and that Friday we had friends over to enjoy a little bit of Argentina in san Francisco! It was such fun, just like the book is, and the Chimichurri is just amazing. This book is filled with facts and figures about wine production, but also great stories evoking thoughts of wonderful tastes and scents, people and places far away, a hand held vacation!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SanchoPanza on January 30, 2012
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Vino Argentino is a well written guide to the wines, wineries, and wine regions of Argentina. Laura Catena knows what she is talking about. Her family owns one of the largest wineries in the country yet she does a remarkable job of objectively reviewing all the wines and wineries. There is not much written information out there on the subject. Mostly you have to learn by trying the wines. Not a bad way to acquire knowledge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Mc on December 16, 2012
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Having just returned from a two week urban design sightseeing and wine trip to Argentina, I found Vino Argentino to be a very enjoyable read, factual and quite entertaining. I only wish I would have had this book in advance of my trip and could have used it for reference in our travels. I guess we will just have to go back !!!!
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By Owl on December 7, 2012
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"Vino Argentino- an nsider's Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina" was bought as background reading for an Argentine evening. You know, small group of drinking & eating buddies meeting monthly or whatever around a themed cuisine. Original idea? Nope. But delicious.

For such a purpose, this book is splendid. it is organized by regions in Argentina covering that large socialy, economically, and for our lusty purposes here, geographically. Within each region, a fine wine estate(s) is selected, and we can read quite delightful stories about the estate's history, owners, their approach to wine-making, technical details (well illustrated) and delectably much about the terroir and the nature of the local wine.

Using the book, we selected wines for our evening and they were splendid.

But there are other purposes than wine selection for reading this Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina. Many of us delight in surrogate travel, and this is a grand travel book. One could plan a wine-lovers Argentine adventure using the information, or travel as Emily Dickenson wrote on the frigate that is a book, taking us miles away.

I have no criticisms but what a package if Amazon offered the book together with a case of the wines described! Just note this is NOT about bargain wines of Argentina, so if you want cheap but good enough wines (and I often do myself) or are comfortable only relying on Expert X's rating, this is not the book for you.

If you are delighted to branch out, explore, enjoy wine in the company of good writers, this could be just what you'd like. Thus fellow lovers of travel and lovers of wine, buy this with confidence realizing of course any book can be somewhat outdated that speaks of wineries and restaurants-----and let us drink: BIBENDUM!
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