Wine SOS! Sip Tips To Save Our Summer

February still spells summer in Buenos Aires, and it pairs up with the pesky drone of dengue transporters that lie low until the scorching sun sets.

That’s right, it’s still a mosquito-infested sweat pit in BA – and will be for several more weeks. The following is the answer to the limply signaled ‘S.O.S.’ mayday call you sent out from atop that stolen pool float at a borrowed swimming-pool. Only in this case we all know that S.O.S stands for Save. Our. Summer.

Here are some sip tips sampled next to my own watery haven to keep you cool over the coming month.

Etchart Privado Torrontés 2015

Bodega Etchart, Cafayate | AR$ 38

Etchart Privado Torrontés 2015.
Etchart Privado Torrontés 2015.

Beloved by those who peruse the lowest of supermarket shelves, this Torrontés stands strong time and again against far pricier whites from the same region in Salta. Though this white has never seen a French oak barrel, much less aged in one, and is likely machine harvested, it’s textbook Torrontés for two measly bucks; floral and tropical fruit in the nose, dry in the mouth with passion fruit. In fact, this Etchart Privado is so kitsch that trendy Florería Atlántico’s vinoteca now stocks the distinctive brown glass bottle with its pale yellow label. Pampa Roja, a Santa Rosa, La Pampa-based closed door restaurant, also stocks it – and it did them no harm because they won a prestigious The World of Fine Wine’s Wine List Award in 2015.

Available from good and bad supermarkets; Florería Atlántico.

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