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Vino Argentino: An Insider's Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina Hardcover – September 15, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
Top customer reviews
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.
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!
The book is a combination history travelogue and foodie compendium. This is the book if you want a travel guide thru Argentina wine country.
Most recent customer reviews
I like it very much. It is just what I neededfor my next trip to Argentina.