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Amanda Barnes is a British journalist who makes her own bread and butter by drinking wine around the country. Actually, she spends her bread and butter on wine.

Argentine wines to get 2015 off to a good start!


Are you still deliberating over what wine to pick for the biggest night in 2014? Amanda Barnes picks some top bottles to bring the New Year in with a bang!

You might have planned your outfit for New Year's Eve, but - more importantly - have you planned your wine? Here are 10 great bottles to countdown the evening till midnight!


10: Reginato, Torrontes-Chardonnay

Get the night started with a bottle of party fizz! This Charmat-method sparkler has fruity and floral Torrontes blended with classic Chardonnay to make a lively and crisp bubbly to start the night right!


9: Laureano Gomez, Sparkling Rose de Malbec

Keep the bubbles flowing but switch up the color with this pretty pink rose from garage winemaker Laureano Gomez. A small, family project making delightful fizz in the traditional method.


8: Bacan Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

Get cracking on the canapes with this food friendly Sauvignon Blanc from Tupungato in the Uco Valley. Mineral and bright, this dry Sauvvie B will go well with any shellfish or cheese nibbles.


7: Catalpa Chardonnay, Atamisque

If you are serving a traditional gravlax or smoked salmon starter, you can't go wrong with a creamy Chardonnay. This oak-aged white has butter and fruit to glide people into the New Year's spirit.


6: Vina Alicia Tiara

If you are really looking to impress your dinner guests with a wow white, try this blend of Riesling, Albarino and Savagnin. This delicious white will wear a crown tonight, and is perfect with lighter dishes or buffet food.

5: El Sensacional Equilibrista, Malbec

As you are moving onto the roast meats (whether we are talking Northern Hemisphere dinner party or Argentine BBQ), it is certainly time to pull open a Malbec. Try this medium bodied and round Malbec from Vista Flores, Uco Valley, for a real table pleaser!

4: Gran Syrah, Finca Las Moras

Slip into something a bit spicier to amp up the volume, and try this explosive Syrah from Argentina's best wine regoin for this variety - San Juan.


3: Nosotros, Dominio del Plata

Now it is time to pull out the big guns! This big and bold Malbec has plenty of spice and intrigue to create a buzz on the table. Save it for the big finale or the main course and pour it in large glasses for plenty of glass clinking over the table.


2: Tardio (Cabernet Franc), Pulenta Estate

As you pull out the pudding, try this late harvest Cabernet Franc on for size. Sweet, spicy and full of fruit - this will get your guests talking over a rich chocolate tart.


1: Brut Nature, Catena Zapata

You can't beat sparkling wine for the strike of midnight, and this is one of Argentina's finest. Over 2 years on the lees and a complex body to boot, pop it open, let it flow and Happy New Year!



AmandaAmanda Barnes is a British wine writer based in South America, and will be having a white Christmas in England this year (and red, and pink).


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