This year’s Argentina Wine Awards took a fresh look towards the wine world inviting a panel of judges from the ‘next generation’ of wine drinkers. Inviting 12 international judges and 6 Argentine judges, they included bloggers, wine writers, buyers, sommeliers and winemakers. The results of three days of tasting 710 wines in a blind tasting produced great results for the wine industry with 24 trophies, 49 Gold medals, 242 Silver medals and 314 Bronze medals.
I caught up with US judge Joe Roberts, otherwise known as Wine Dude (www.1winedude.com), to talk about what he enjoyed over the week tasting in Mendoza.
What have you enjoyed trying while being here?
The Torrontes and Sauvignon Blanc have surprised the hell out of me! In the US you mainly get that full bodies Torrontes but here we’ve had a lot of very fresh wines. You expect the Malbec here to be good but what I didn’t expect was the freshness of the Torrontes, it actually made me change my entire speech at the conference! I loved it.
What do you think is the future for Argentine wine in the US?
I think Malbec is now very mainstream to kids today. They like novelty so there’s a challenge there… Also with the price point there’s a pressure, you have to keep that quality up but not make a difference in price.
What do you like about visiting Argentine wine country?
The half naked women! [Joe also writes for Playboy, he has a special column called Wined Down] I love the food, the people are fantastic. There’s pride, there’s history, there’s focus on the quality. I’m a social guy so I love the people!
Here’s a rundown of the results for the trophies:
Amanda Barnes is a British journalist living in Mendoza and indulging in as much of Argentina’s award winning wine as possible. When she isn’t drinking wine, she’s in search of a good artisanal beer.