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Malbec World Day | An International Celebration

April 15, 2014

Malbec World Day, the brainchild of Wines of Argentina, is an international celebration of the Malbec grape!  An “unofficial holiday” of sorts, this annual celebration was founded with one goal in mind: to put Argentine wines on the map by promoting its culture not only within Argentina itself, but also around the world.

And around the world, the celebration spreads…

Thursday, April 17 marks the fourth year of Malbec World Day festivities.  This year, more than 50 countries will join in the celebration of the flavor of Argentina’s signature grape.

Argentina, Brazil, United States, England and more join together to MAKE NOISE…

This year’s theme for Malbec World Day is “Malbec Making Noise!” Some “Making Noise” events started in early April in places like Buenos Aires, whose celebration took place April 4 and 5, and Sao Pablo which took place April 8.

New York City will feature “Cambalache: One Night in Argentina,” a two-day modern wine tasting experience – April 16 & 17 – which will showcase the best parts of the nation; the wine, the food, the art, the language and much more! Pop-up dinners will take place on April 26 to continue the celebration.  “Cambalache” means a “big to-do” in Argentine Spanish, an the celebration will be big, indeed.

“Cambalache UK” will showcase in London, April 30 through May 1. This two-day event will feature live street art, food, cocktails, music, wine and more glimpses of Argentina.

Malbec World Day pop-up dinners have appeared in San Francisco as early as March 28 & 29, along with the Taste of Mendoza on April 2.

The Recuerdo Malbec will be featured during a “Full Circle” event at St. Vincents restaurant in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 22.

 How you can join in on the international celebration…

Snag a bottle (or a case) of your favorite Malbec and invite your Malbec-loving friends over.  Use #MalbecWorldDay to tag all of your favorite Malbec-inspired pictures with the world via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Special Malbec World Day Offer…

In collaboration with Argovino.com, the premier Argentine-wine reviewing website, Recuerdo Wines is pleased to offer inclusive shipping on orders of six or more bottles of 2012 Torrontés and 2012 Malbec.  Inclusive shipping will also be available on the 2011 Aliado Malbec and 2011 Gran Corte when they are released later this month.  Use the code “AV2014” at  checkout in the Recuerdo store, any time through July 1, 2014.

HAPPY MALBEC WORLD DAY 2014!

The Vines Resort & Spa’s Grand Opening

March 4, 2014

Recuerdo Wines is pleased to share that The Vines Resort & Spa is now accepting reservations at their highly-acclaimed “villa” resort at the base of the Andes Mountains!

A destination location true to form, the Vines Resort & Spa is located among the vineyards where Recuerdo Wines are born.  The 22 spacious, one-and two-bedroom villas blend “modern comfort” and “rustic elegance” of Argentina.  Located 1.5 hours south of the international airport in Mendoza’s acclaimed Uco Valley wine region, the resort offers vistas of the region’s rugged mountains and lavish vineyards, an experience that will never be forgotten.

Plenty outdoor and indoor living space, from 1000 ft2 (90 m2) to 2700 sq2 (250 m2), with a modern kitchen, spa-inspired bathroom combined with mountain and vineyard views are just some of the features of the villas that make for the perfect getaway.

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The goal of The Vines is to bring a true Argentine experience, unique to all who set foot at the resort. As such, gauchos are provided for guests, passionate tour guides who are at the services of guests throughout their stay.

Guests can immerse themselves in the Argentine culture by taking a horseback ride through the country side, or by visiting the winery where they can get their hands dirty picking and punching grapes to make their own barrel of wine.

Other recreational activities nearby include river rafting in the summer, skiing and snowboarding in the winter!  The state-of-the-art resort gym, offering 360º views of the Uco Valley, will be opening in March, and of course The Vines “Spa Experience” – set to open in September 2014, will provide ample opportunities to relax  and unwind.

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In keeping up with the true Argentine experience, The Vines welcomes internationally acclaimed chef Francis Mallmann, who is well-known for cooking with fire. His restaurant, appropriately named Siete Fuegos, which means “seven fires” in Spanish, showcases Argentina’s famous beef and exceptional wines. The Bar & Cava offers hundreds of the best Argentine wines, including the Recuerdo Wines portfolio, hand-crafted cocktails, artisanal beer and blended juices; a true culinary experience.

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The grand opening of the resort has been featured in the press from Robb Report to New York Times and beyond.  Recuerdo Wines invites you to make reservations, make history and, of course, make memories at The Vines Resort & Spa…

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To experience a taste of the Uco Valley in your own home, acquire Recuerdo Wines!

Drink Your Wine Among “The Vines”…

December 13, 2013

 

Welcome to the Uco Valley of Mendoza, Argentina – An enchanting place at the foot of the Andes Mountains where the beautiful Malbec fruit for Recuerdo Wines is born and raised.  The wine country of Uco is an inspirational place of insurmountable splendor. Rugged landscape blended with the spirit of the wild horses that roam the countryside can sometimes make a visit to this special place seem like a distant dream…

But now, nestled among the vineyards where Recuerdo Malbec grapes are grown is The Vines Resort & Spa – A world-class destination of spacious Villas, blending the rustic elegance of Uco with luxurious, modern comfort. The Vines’ 22 Villas are bathed in natural light and comfortably appointed with wood and stone, inspired by the natural palette of the Uco Valley.

Reservations will be taken beginning in January 2014 and you can be one of the first visitors to this exciting place that is already receiving international attention.  And when you get there, but sure to ask for a glass of the Recuerdo Wines Malbec for your stroll through the vineyards – the life-force behind the wine…

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Malbec World Day | Savory Suggestions – Yum!

April 15, 2013

If enjoying a glass of wine isn’t enough of a reason to celebrate, join the universal celebration of Argentina’s emblematic red wine varietal – Malbec! Each year on April 17, the world celebrates Malbec World Day and Argentinian President Domingo Faustino Sarmientos 1853 mission to transform Argentina’s wine industry.

 

…and my, how it’s been transformed! Once primarily used as a Bordeaux-varietal blending grape, today Malbec accounts for over 76,000 planted acres of vineyard in Argentina, which is now the world’s main producer of this rich, versatile, and beautiful varietal!

 

Enjoy a glass of 2011 Recuerdo Malbec on April 17 paired with some of our favorite, savory, Malbec-friendly dishes…

Recipes:

1. Smoky BBQ Chicken

2. Carne Asada Tacos

3. Creamy Mushroom Spaghetti

4. French Onion Soup

5. Sweet-Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms & Spinach

6. BBQ Beef Ribs

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Twist it up with Torrontés│A Guide in Pictures

April 9, 2013

Spring is in full swing and summer is just on the horizon – This is the perfect time to trade in corks for twist-off white wine!  Lighten up with Recuerdo Torrontés – a versatile and refreshing Southern Hemisphere white wine, offering exceptional quality and value.  A favorite companion for BBQs, poolside parties, or just hanging out with friends, Recuerdo Torrontés is the perfect wine to twist up the season! Follow these fan photos for seven inspirations on how to enjoy Torrontés this summer…

1) Lounging by the Pool (or Hot Tub)
The bottle is sleek and chic…the juice, crisp and cool…Recuerdo Torrontés is the perfect match for those lazy summer days by the pool (or hot tub).

2) Summer Weddings
“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue…”
Ahh…summer means wedding season…A time to reflect on love and commitment, a time to celebrate a new union, and a time to serve a memorable wine and free canapés to 250 of your closest friends and family! Perfectly light and inviting, Recuerdo Torrontés is the perfect libation to pour for the ones you love. PS…Did you know “recuerdo” means “to remember?”

3) Backyard BBQ
When you think BBQ, you probably think “big reds.” While Recuerdo Malbec pairs perfectly with burgers and ribs, may we suggest a more refreshing grilling alternative? Lighten up your BBQ with a bottle of Recuerdo Torrontés, which pairs perfectly with savory crab cakes, grilled oysters, summer salads and lighter fare.

4) At the Spa
Wooosahhh….Relax and unwind with a 50 minute facial, an 80 minute deep-tissue massage, and a Zen-like glass of Recuerdo Torrontés. Feel your stress fade away…

5) Working from Home
Admit it! If you work from home, sometimes you sneak a little drink around the 4pm work hour. One (JUST ONE) glass of Recuerdo Torrontés not only takes the edge off, but pairs perfectly with Excel spreadsheets, cold calling, report writing and teleconferencing (no video, please)!

6) Post-Workout
Oh, why not?! The goal of any workout is to make room for more wine…isn’t it?!

7) Walking the Dog
Whether you’re walking a teacup Yorkie (like the vicious Duke, below) or a giant bull mastiff, one glass of Recuerdo Torrontés will always make the stroll more enjoyable…Two glasses, and you won’t even mind the “pick-up!”

We hope you’ve been inspired “Twist it Up” with Recuerdo Torrontés!

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What is Torrontés?

April 1, 2013

What is Torrontés? [Tohr-ron-tez]

This is Torrontés!

Torrontés, the emblematic white wine of Argentina, is the most planted white grape varietal in the country with over 30,000 planted acres strewn throughout the Argentine wine regions.  While it is the number one white varietal in Argentina, Torrontés production is less than 1/2 of its red counterpart, Malbec.  Malbec accounts for over 70,000 planted acres of vineyard in Argentina.

Some of the most highly revered Torrontés wines are made with grapes from the La Rioja and Salta provinces in Northern Argentina.   Geographically, La Rioja is between Salta and the Argentine wine capital of Mendoza (approximately 430 miles South of Salta and 370 miles North of Mendoza).

Recuerdo Torrontés is harvested in La Rioja!
The hue of the label reflects the color of the Argentine flag.

In La Rioja, the grapes are often planted in harsh conditions. The high altitudes, varying temperatures, low humidity and sandy soils strain the grapes and make them fight for survival. The end result is a distinctly unique wine with rich aromas of flowers, apricots and peaches.

Torrontés Tidbits:

  • Torrontés was brought over from Spain by 16th century conquistadors and missionaries.
  • It is a natural combination of the Muscat de Alejandro, which originated in North Africa and the Mission grape, known in Argentina as Criolla Chica.
  • No other wine growing region in the world cultivates Torrontés as much as Argentina, although this grape is found sparingly in Spain and New Zealand.
  • The aromas of Torrontés are often compared to those of fine Viogniers, Muscats and Gewurztraminers.
  • Torrontés grapes are round, medium sized, usually of a yellowish green color, sometimes more golden.
  • Torrontés is best fermented at cool temperatures, and then aged in a neutral container, such as stainless steel or old oak barrels (so they don’t impart as much flavor), to preserve its fragrance and crisp acidity.

Stay tuned for more from the Torrontés Blog Series…

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Tastes & Nose from the Average Joes…Torrontés Edition

March 22, 2013

Spring has sprung in the Northern Hemisphere, and nothing pairs better with warm weather, lengthy daylight hours and fresh blossoms 131like a cool, crisp glass of 2011 Recuerdo Torrontés!

In our last edition of “Tastes & Nose from the Average Joes,” our office employees agreed with Wine Advocate‘s 90-point, professional rating of the 2011 Recuerdo Malbec.  Aroma and flavor descriptors from our Marketing Intern, IT Manager and Private Client Director closely mirrored Robert Parker’s Malbec adjectives — “blackberry, strawberry jam, toast, oak, and plum.”

But now comes the true challenge...

While the Malbec varietal is widely known in the world of wine, Torrontés — with its citrus perfume and pronounced floral essence — is slowly, but steadily carving out an abundance of loyal zealots!

Like the Malbec, the 2011 Recuerdo Torrontés scored 90-points with Wine Advocate, but will the emblematic white wine of Argentina win the hearts and palates of our Average Joes?

We are happy to present you with segment two of “Tastes & Nose from the Average Joes!”

photo 1Average Joe #1
Name: Reggie W.
Title: Private Client Services & Wine Education
Hobbies: Coaching basketball, spending time with family and speaking in a deep voice
Subject: 2011 Recuerdo Wines Torrontés
Nose Notes: “I get a hint of lemon zest & vanilla…Like lemony-créme sunflowers.”
Tasting Notes: “Lots of tropical notes.  It’s fresh and clean on the mid-palate with a briny finish.  Delicious and unique!”
Pairing Suggestions: “Pairs well with the back patio, interesting phone conversations with wine enthusiasts and Vietnamese food.”
Score: ♥♥♥♥♥ out of a possible ♥♥♥♥♥

 

Average Joe #2
Name: Linda L.
Title: Accounting Associate
Hobbies: Mountain bike racing, off-road triathalons and Iron Man competitions
Subject: 2011 Recuerdo Wines Torrontés
Nose Notes: “Very floral, like pretty orange blossoms.”
Tasting Notes: “I get a touch of lemongrass flavor with a very crispy mid-palate and a hint of tart apple on the finish.”
Pairing Suggestions: “Pairs well with filing papers at work…and sitting on the dock of the bay with cheese.”
Score: 93 Excel Spreadsheets

 

Average Joe #3
Name: Jose A.
Title: Operations Coordinator
Hobbies: Running, playing and following tennis, cycling, shipping stuff
Subject: 2011 Recuerdo Wines Torrontés
Nose Notes: “Nice and airy – crisp aromas of citrus, honeysuckle and vanilla…but not quite vanilla.”
Tasting Notes: “Light entry…smooth citrus and pear flavors…with a hint of toast.  Nice finish.”
Pairing Suggestions: “Pairs well with alfredo sauce and salmon and warm days and logistics and heavy-lifting.”
Score: 95-digit tracking number

 

Victory! When it comes to the 2011 Recuerdo Torrontés, our Average Joes’ agree…It’s a winning wine!

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Tastes & Nose from the Average Joes…

February 13, 2013

We are pleased to announce that both the 2011 Recuerdo Wines Malbec and the 2011 Recuerdo Wines Torrontés have received wonderful scores and compliments from some of the best wine writers and most-revered wine publications out there! Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rated both wines 90 points and used words like “blackberry, strawberry jam, toast, oak, and plum” to describe the flavor of the Malbec. Wine Enthusiast‘s review of the Torrontés is chock-full of lovely flavor descriptors – “Flavors of tangerine, melon and lychee are authentic and well balanced, while the finish is musky, fresh and confirms the wine’s high quality.”

“Honored” does not begin to describe our feelings about the accolades received for our up-and-coming Argentine label! And while the experts know how to pin-point the beauty of our wines, we wondered what the “average joe” might say about the aromas, flavors and pairing suggestions for the wines….

We are happy to present you with segment one of “Tastes & Nose from the Average Joes!”

Average Joe #1
Name: Anie P.
Title: Marketing Intern
Hobbies: Traveling, Hiking, Volleyball, Baking & Drinking Wine (not necessarily all at the same time)
Subject: 2011 Recuerdo Wines Malbec
Nose Notes: “I smell blackberries, warm campfire and a waft of 5:00 pm on a Friday evening”
Tasting Notes: “Plum pie and probably bramble-berry if I knew what bramble-berry tasted like.”
Pairing Suggestions: “Pairs well with Social Media and stubborn copy machines!”
Score: 95 likes (out of a possible 100)

Average Joe #2
Name: Cheston B.
Title: IT Manager
Hobbies: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic
Subject: 2011 Recuerdo Wines Malbec
Nose Notes: “I get hints of toasted sugar and dark fruits. How’s that sound? Maybe a bit of plum.”
Tasting Notes: “Definitely blueberries with a heavy mid-palate and a long, satisfying finish – Like a successful data migration!”
Pairing Suggestions: “Probably goes great with a medium-rare steak and high-speed internet.”
Score: 32 Gigabytes

Average Joe #3
Name: Amy P.
Title: Private Client Director
Hobbies: Rock climbing, running, not cooking
Subject: 2011 Recuerdo Wines Malbec
Nose Notes: “I get lots of spiced cherry and dark cocoa.”
Flavor Notes: “Mmmm…It’s good! Blackberry jammy. Umami!”
Pairing Suggestions: “I could definitely see this pairing well with report building and long conference calls!”
Score: 5 stars!

 

And there you have it! When it comes to the 2011 Recuerdo Malbec, our Average Joes’ agree…It’s a winning wine!

Stay tuned for segment two of “Tastes & Nose from the Average Joes” and find out if the 2011 Torrontés fares as well…

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Recuerdo Wines Win Gold and Silver

July 31, 2012

Sunset Magazine, the leading media brand of the Western Lifestyle, launched its first Sunset International Wine Competition on July 9-10, 2012. The competition resulted in two top honors for Recuerdo Wines!  The inaugural 2010 Recuerdo Malbec ($22 retail) was awarded a coveted gold medal, while its white wine counterpart, 2011 Torrontés ($15 retail), received an impressive silver medal.

The recent awards from Sunset tail other positive editorial reviews for the brand that is imported by Napa Valley’s Blackbird Vineyards. The 2010 Recuerdo Malbec received a 90 point Wine Enthusiast review in August, 2012 and was praised by The Wine Advocate’s Neal Martin who tweeted on the wine, “pure Malbec heaven.” Additionally, the 2011 Recuerdo Torrontés was one of only four Torrontés to win a gold/silver medal at the 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition.

The Malbec grapes for Recuerdo Wines are grown at over 3,700 feet in the heart of the Uco Valley. This prime grape-growing region enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year, a pure irrigation source from the Andes Mountains, rocky organic soils, and a broad variance between day and evening temperatures. These conditions allow the renowned winemaking team of Santiago Achával and Pablo Martorell to produce incredibly concentrated and complex wines with amazing structure and balance. The Torrontés grapes are grown in similar conditions in Famatina Valley in La Rioja, an outstanding region for Torrontés grapes.

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Torrontés at the Table: Sizzling Red Shrimp & Chorizo

July 11, 2012

We are in the thick of summer and there is no better time to gather around the table and share food and drink with friends and loved ones. Recuerdo Torrontés, an emblematic white wine of Argentina, is the new go-to libation when thinking of wine and food pairings.  With the help of Chef Richard Haake of WineryChefs.com, we have found a perfect (and perfectly simple) Argentinean entrée to pair with this cool, crisp and food-friendly wine…

 Sizzling Red Shrimp & Chorizo

 Prep Time: 15 mins │ Cook Time: 10 mins │ Servings: 4-6

Chorizo Ingredients:

1 pound pork shoulder or butt, coarsely ground, or ground pork
1 teaspoon sweet, smoked paprika
1 teaspoon hot, smoked paprika
1 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons sherry
Freshly ground black pepper

Other Ingredients:

2 teaspoons grape seed oil
1 clove garlic, cut into thin slivers
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 pound of medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
¼ cup Recuerdo Torrontés
1 cup piquillo or serrano peppers, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
2 wedges of lemon
Salt and pepper
1 fresh baguette, sliced and placed in bread basket

Directions:

  1. To make homemade chorizo, place all of the chorizo ingredients in a bowl and combine the mixture thoroughly, making sure to distribute the seasonings evenly.
  2. Place a large sauté pan over medium- high heat.
  3. Add the grape seed oil.
  4. Break the chorizo apart into small pieces and add to the pan.
  5. Cook the chorizo until it starts to brown.
  6. Add the garlic and cook for one minute.
  7. Deglaze the pan with the Torrontés and reduce the liquid by half.
  8. Season the shrimp with the smoked paprika.
  9. Add the shrimp and cook until pink.
  10. Add the peppers and parsley and cook for 30 seconds.
  11. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  12. Place the finished shrimp in a serving dish, garnish with lemons and serve with fresh sliced bread.

 Enjoy with a glass of Recuerdo Torrontés!

*Don’t forget to submit photos of your completed recipe to marketing@recuerdowines.com for a chance to win a Recuerdo Wines sampler box!

Learn more about Recuerdo Wines! To acquire Recuerdo Torrontés, visit our online store.

Stay tuned for the next segment of the Torrontés Blog Series…

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