Vino Argentino

I don't often write about wine, yet it's an undeniable fact that the fruit of the vine plays a noteworthy role in Argentine culture. Whether it's a copita of inexpensive table wine mixed with a blast of soda water from an old-fashioned siphon bottle or an elegant glass of one of the country's fine malbecs, wine is rarely absent at mealtimes.

Mendoza, often touted as the Napa Valley of Argentina, lies at the heart of the country's winemaking region. The following video provides a brief glimpse of the history of winemaking in Argentina, the climatic and soil conditions of Mendoza that make the region so special for winemaking, and the work involved in the grape harvest or vendimia.

Land of Elements: Mendoza

While we're on the topic of wine, I'd also like to tell you all about an exciting contest open to bloggers from the U.S., Canada, U.K., Brazil, Mexico, Peru, and Colombia. The Wine Blogger of the Month contest, sponsored by Wines of Argentina, invites submissions from food and wine bloggers that highlight their experiences with Argentine wine in their countries. One lucky grand prize winner will enjoy a week-long trip to Mendoza and another wine-producing region in Argentina, with flight, lodging and food included!

The contest ends on August 1, 2011. Click here for contest details. Uncork a bottle of malbec or torrontés for inspiration and start writing! ¡Suerte!

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