Popes and Bonarda: Argentina’s newest exports

14 Mar

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.

Scenes from a Cathedral: The main cathedral in Buenos Aires, former home of Pope Francis I.

Scenes from a Cathedral: The main cathedral in Buenos Aires, former home of Pope Francis I.

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!).

Earth First is an organic Bonarda produced in Argentina and available in the U.S.

Earth First is an organic Bonarda produced in Argentina and available in the U.S.

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!

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4 Responses to “Popes and Bonarda: Argentina’s newest exports”

  1. Whine And Cheers For Wine March 15, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    Thank you for spreading the word on Bonarda. Big fan here along with Carmenere from Chile and Tanat from Uruguay. All wines you do not see often but with their popularities growing. LaMadrid one of my fav wineries makes a wonderful Bonarda as does Maipe, both conveniently available at Total Wine and other fine establishments.
    Best regards.

    • vinoista March 21, 2013 at 9:36 am #

      You seem to love Total Wine as much as I do. Will start there to try Bonarda!

  2. vinoista March 21, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    Im going to have to check out Bonarda!!

    • Pamela March 21, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

      Do, and let me know what you think! Cheers/Salud!

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