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Wednesday, October 20, 2010


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>VINO ARGENTINO; an insider's guide to the wines and wine country of
>Argentina (Chronicle Books, 2010; distr. Raincoast, 238 pages, ISBN
>978-0-8118-7330-7, $27.50 US hard covers) is by Laura Catena, daughter
>of Nicolas Catena, the winery owner. She's also a medical doctor in San
>Francisco, has her own line of Argentine wine (Luca), and serves as a
>spokesperson for her father's winery in North America (she came to
>Toronto last spring). As she says, the book "is an insider's travelogue
>to the Argentine wine country. It is part viticulture primer, part
>cultural exploration, part introduction to the Argentine lifestyle." It
>is also the story of the Malbec grape. The book concentrates on the
>Mendoza and its regions, but there is also material on Patagonia and
>Salta. There are wine and food glossaries, and nine recipes for typical
>foods: empanadas, carbonada, milaneseas, dulce de leche, and meat
>dishes. Preparations have their ingredients listed in both metric and
>avoirdupois measurements, but there is no metric table of equivalents.
>The book concludes with some material on resources and bibliographies,
>plus contact information, as well as a handy chapter on touring Buenos
>Aires and the Argentine wine country.
>Audience and level of use: those who wish to know more about Argentine
>Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: about 35% of the Argentine
>wine production is exported to the U.S.
>The downside to this book: there are three sketch maps for the regions,
>but no overall map placing these regions.
>The upside to this book: entertaining history of wine development in
>Argentina, nicely accessible.
>Quality/Price Rating: 89.
>Chimo! [ ] AND [
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