I almost fell off the pew at the news that our new pope was from Argentina, home of tango, soccer stars and Evita. Of course my thoughts turned to wine, and whether Torrontés and Malbec would see a surge in sales thanks to Pope Francis I’s new stint at the Vatican.
One Argentine grape I’d love to see more of at my friendly neighborhood wine shop is Bonarda. Depending on who you talk to, this luscious red grape originated in France or Italy, and it’s fast becoming a rising star in the Argentine vino world (look out, Malbec!).
Bonarda is slowly making its way into the U.S. market, where I predict it will gain a following thanks to its exotic, spicy profile and food-friendly pairings. Want to know more about Bonarda? Read my article, published yesterday by TheLatinKitchen.com, Latina magazine’s fab foodie website.
Oh, and say a prayer that one of Pope Francis’s first reforms is to serve late-harvest Torrontés at Communion.
Amen y ¡salud!