POSTED ON April 6, 2009 | IN Argentina, Chile, Wine Information | BY joe

These are the favorite wines of our trip and ones that you can purchase in many stores and online. All of these wines have character and structure and will give you much enjoyment when served with food.

Bodega Salentein (Argentina)

Bodega Salentein is a new and exciting winery. They are growing grapes at 5000 feet in the Valle de Uco at the base of the Andes Mountains. These wines are excellent and can be found online and in the San Francisco Bay Area for around $15 to $17.

Reserve Chardonnay
Sauvignon Blanc
Reserve Malbec
Pinot Noir

Catena Zapata (Argentina)

The top of the line Catena wines are very expensive but their lower line of wines are very good wine values.

Alamos Malbec – $9
Alamos Chardonnay – $9
Catena Malbec — $15 to $18
Catena Cabernet – $15 to $18

Melipal (Argentina)

Malbec – $16 – Check BevMo

Montes (Chile) – Check Costco

Montes Alpha Syrah – $16 to $20
Montes Alpha Sauvignon Blanc -$12
Montes Alpha Chardonnay – $12

MontGras (Chile) – Check BevMo

Sauvignon Blanc – $15
Quatro — blend of Cab, Malbec, Carmenere and Syrah – $17
Click to find more information on MontGras wines.
Tapiz (Argentina)

This winery was founded by Jess Jackson and sold in 2003 to the Ortiz Family of Argentina. This is a high production winery with several labels. We very much enjoyed the Tapiz label of wines. BevMo carries these wines. The list price is $16 but it is usually on sale for under $9. At this price, this is a truly amazing wine bargain.

Malbec
Merlot
Cabernet

Tempus Alba (Argentina)

In the U.S. the label is Preludio. These were our favorite wines of the trip. It was the first winery we visited so maybe that clouded our judgment. We also met the winemaker, a wonderful Italian young man by the name of Leo Biondolillo.

Preludio Malbec – $12 to $15
Preludio Accorde Reserve – $30, but our very favorite and most memorable wine of our trip.

 

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