I was so inspired after the Wines of Argentina tasting I attended last Thursday, that I realized some people are not drinking one of my favourite varietals of wine because they probably just don’t know about it. I also thought I should carry on this funny little Argentinian theme after Donovan’s Nacho Figueras article (dreamy yes?).
DNA testing tells us that Torrontes is related to a group of grapes that orginated in the Eastern Mediterranean, but how it got to Argentina is a little hazy besides a guess that it was brought over by Spanish colonists. Pretty likely though. Even though it’s grown in Chile, primarily for making Pisco (personally *barf*), this grape is one of the faces of Argentina, and in the same way that the last couple years of media attention has put Argentinian Malbecs on the map, Torrontes is on it’s way fo’ sho’.
Crisp, light, and fresh, this wine satisfies the Viognier and Gewurztraminer drinker with it’s heavy floral and peachey slighty off-dry qualities, and satisfies the Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc drinkers with it’s light acidity and touches of orange and lemon zesty numminess. Most Torrontes are still quite dry at a “0″ sweetness, but the full on fruitiness of this wine tricks your brain a little into thinking it’s more of a sweet treat than it is.
Here’s the best part though. It won’t set your pocket on fire. The popular Lotengo at $12.49 and Michel Torino Cuma Organic at $14.00 make for a simple and guiltless purchase at any BC Liquor Store. But I’ll give you a little hint. Come see me instead at Denman Place Wines and I’ll sell you the Incredible La Puerta Torrentes and the always delicious Inca Torrentes/Chardonnay blend, both Spec products unavailable at the liquor store, and both for $13 and $14 plus change. Oh yes, the beauty of private wine stores. OPTIONS! And I don’t doubt that after the amazing tasting on Thursday, we’ll be getting another treat or two in as well.