A Love Affair with Wine: The Heart and Soul of Argentina – Milwaukee

When: Thursday, March 7
Time: 6:00 pm TO 7:30 pm
Where: Milwaukee

ADDRESS: Bacchus Restaurant, 925 Wells St.

COST: $30 per person per tasting

REGISTRATION: Please call 414-765-1166 or email PatrickErdman@bartolottas.com. Credit card required at time of registration. On the night of the tasting, please check in at the restaurant front desk to confirm your attendance.


We at Waterford love the wines of Argentina, and we’d like to invite you to an evening of their discovery. We’d like to show you The Heart and Soul of Argentina.

Argentina has a 450-year-old winemaking history, beginning with the Spanish conquistadors. But contemporary Argentine winemaking has its roots in a mass European immigration during the second half of the nineteenth century. Argentina received immigrants from Italy, Spain—primarily from the Basque country and Catalonia—France, Germany and Switzerland. These European immigrants planted grapes primarily in the lee of the Andes, particularly around the cities of Mendoza and San Juan. At first, consumption of their wines was local, but the construction of railway lines to Mendoza and San Juan brought their wines to the markets of Buenos Aires—and then to the world.

Argentina is famous for two grapes—grapes emblematic of two of its most famous wine regions. Over 35% of Argentine red wine is made from Malbec, the variety which comprises the majority of wines made in the region of Mendoza. And over 25% of Argentine white wine is made from Torrontés, the best examples of which are from the far north region of Salta. You may know a lot about Malbec and Torrontés, and you may have had many bottles of both, but chances are you don’t know about the rich beauty and vast variety that Argentine wine can offer you.

We’d like to invite you to a special evening where we show you our love for Argentine wine. We love Argentine wine as much for its famous Malbec and Torrontes as for the secret treasures of its wine regions and grape varieties. Argentina has 500 million acres of vineyards, all of which provide us with a lavish diversity of terroirs to explore. And as well as Malbec and Torrontes, Argentina’s nineteenth century European immigrants planted a plethora of grapes—like Bonarda and Sangiovese from Italy, Tempranillo from Spain, and Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon from France.

In our journey to The Heart and Soul of Argentina, we’ll show you how different Malbec can taste from the country’s many different Malbec terroirs. And we’ll show you Argentine wines made from Bordeaux varieties which aren’t called Malbec. We’ll show you the finesse of Pinot Noir from the far south region of Patagonia. And we’ll show you the glorious breadth of white wines from all over Argentina. And that’s just where our affair begins.

Join us for The Heart and Soul of Argentina and fall in love with us.


Wines to be tasted:

Jijiji Chenin Blanc

Colome Torrontes

Ricardo Santos Semillon

Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda

Tintonegro Cabernet Franc

Decero Petit Verdot

Kaiken Ultra Malbec

Atamisque Malbec

Laborum Malbec

& a bonus wine for those who arrive on time!

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