The Dawning of a New Age

If the title impels you to sing the Age of Aquarius, drag out your meditation or yoga mat along with a few John Tesh CDs (you know it’s in your playlist of shame), this sprightly Argentinian wine might bring you to your senses.

We don’t care if this wine is served in the seventh house or when Jupiter aligns with Mars, just as long as it is served at our house.

From the moment you screw off the top, this wine is a party in your mouth! Kinda like the ideal date … sparkling personality, crisp wit, not overly expensive, but a sufficiently snappy dresser that you could take home to mom. What? Where did you think we were going with that? Please stay on topic…

“New Age” is Argentina’s most popular white wine. Blended from 10% Sauvignon Blanc and 90% Torrontes, this lightly bubbly wine is perfect alone or as the base for fruity cocktails. It might be called “New Age,” but it is produced by one of the oldest wineries in one of the world’s great grape-growing regions (try and say that 3 times really fast). Argentina is the fifth most important wine producer in the world, with annual per capita consumption among the highest.

The Bodega Valentin Bianchi winery was founded in 1928 by Italian immigrant Valentin Bianchi. His grandson, “Tincho,” turned his grandfather’s legacy into one of the country’s most popular cocktails by serving it on the rocks with a slice of lime or lemon. (For an added kick, we added fresh, grated ginger.) This is commonly enjoyed by groups of friends in restaurants and night clubs in Buenos Aires, one of South America’s most cosmopolitan cities, and by middle-aged couples blogging from their bedroom in an Idaho suburb surrounded by farmland. Not bad for a bottle you can pick up for $8.99 (on sale) at Fred Meyer.

We loved this wine from the first glass to the last. From its ginger-ale color to the taste reminiscent of hard cider. The unexpected effervescence was festive, but this wine is no dry champagne. It’s a versatile beginning for a variety of light drinks that will be welcome at your next party of two or twenty. Click here for recipes.

Nine months from now, we’ll be twisting caps rather than popping corks, as we ring in yet another New Age.

SipQuips: Light, crisp, sweet, refreshing, fruity/citrus

Aromatique: Fresh floral citrus with hint of apple

Kitchen Couplings: Spicy Asian or Thai cuisine.

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