Fall is one of the most enjoyable seasons for wine enthusiasts. We have the opportunity to assist with many wine events. However, after a few years of enjoying them, the most satisfying are the ones where we have the chance to meet the winemakers.
Therefore, I want to recapitulate one of my recent delightful wine experiences. In October 2022, I had the pleasure of joining Jose Galante, Bodega Salentein’s Chief Winemaker at Kyma Hudson Yards, for a Tasting Luncheon. Greek Food paired seamlessly with Salentein Luxury Portfolio From Argentina’s Uco Valley.
The versatility of the Wines of Uco Valley
During the tasting, we tried the following:
🍷🇦🇷. Bodegas Salentein Reserve Chardonnay 2020 – $21.99
🍷🇦🇷Bodegas Salentein Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 – $21.99
🍷🇦🇷Bodegas Salentein Numina Gran Corte 2018 – $41.99
🍷🇦🇷Bodegas Salentein Single Vineyard La Pampa 2018 – $58.99
🍷🇦🇷Bodegas Salentein Single Vineyard Los Jabalíes 2018 – $58.99
🍷🇦🇷Bodegas Salentein Primum Malbec 2015 – $65.99
If you are an avid reader of this blog or have followed me on Instagram for a while, you already know that I love Greek Food. So naturally, I was stunned by how well the dishes paired with Bodega Salentein Uco Valley Wines. Particularly with their Chardonnay 2020, Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, and Primus Malbec 2015. I am most confident of getting out of the box that Argentinean Wines only pair awesomely with Asado Argentino. These medium-bold wines are at a great price and can pair with different cuisines and flavors.
Uco Valley: The Jewel of Mendoza
With a firm and humble attitude during the tasting, Jose Galante affirmed that if there were one word to define the Uco Valley would be: Diversity. That is the main reason he can showcase the terroir of the Uco Valley for some varietals and blends, and for other wines, he focused on the expression of the grapes’ hand, selecting the best fruits of their vineyards. Uco Valley, located on the eastern slopes of the Andes, is called the Jewel of Mendoza.
Jose Galante, beyond Malbec, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon, has recently been working with Riesling and Gewurztraminer on this promised land, whereas he stated you could plant many varietals.