Aborigen Ácrata Portada 2018 (Valle de Gualalupe, Mexico)
- 50% Grenache, 44% Carignan, 6% Durif
- Family-owned winery, founded in 2000 in Baja California
- Baja California, Mexico’s primary wine region, is experiencing rapid growth. It lies just south of California and enjoys a Mediterranean climate, similar to Napa and the Southern Rhone.
- Valle de Guadalupe, the northernmost subregion, is home to the vast majority of Baja’s wineries.
- Tasting Notes: Blackberries and plums, with a bit of green bramble thrown into the mix
- Pairing Suggestions: Beef tacos, flautas, mole enchiladas, or other bold and savory Mexican dishes
- You’ll love this if you also love: Chateauneuf du Pape or Priorat
Pedro Parra Pencopolitano 2018 (Itata, Chile)
- 67% Cinsault, 33% País
- Winemaker Pedro Parra has a PhD in terroir. He has spent 15 years working in vineyards around the world and now works in his native Chile to elevate lesser-known regions
- Itata is a cool-climate region in the south of Chile’s winemaking zone traditionally producing wine mostly for domestic consumption
- País is a grape originally planted by Spanish missionaries (in California it’s called “Mission”), and is now enjoying a huge comeback among natural wine producers
- Tasting Notes: Smoky, earthly, and deeply savory, with a some tart cherry and raspberry
- Pairing Suggestions: Empanadas, grilled kebabs, or pizza
- You’ll love this if you also love: Beaujolais, rustic Italian reds
Garzón Tannat Reserva 2019 – (Maldonado Coast, Uruguay)
- 100% Tannat—a French grape that today has been adopted as the signature red variety of Uruguay
- Uruguay’s wine industry was established in the late 19th century by Basque and Italian immigrants
- Made by the first sustainable, LEED-certified winery located outside of North America
- Whereas most Uruguayan wineries are found closer to Montevideo, Garzón was the first to pioneer winegrowing on the Maldonado Coast—“the Hamptons of South America”
- Founded by Argentine billionaire Alejandro Bulgheroni, who has become a respected winery proprietor with projects across several continents
- Tasting Notes: A powerful, inky red wine, the wine leads with liqueur-like blueberry, blackberry, and plum notes, nuanced by notes of leather and earth.
- Pairing Suggestions: This rich wine can stand up to heavier meat dishes. Drink like the Uruguayans would—with beef empanadas or asado—typical South American barbeque.
- You’ll love this if you also love: Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, and Napa Valley Cabernet