Great Wines for Labor Day: New Age from Argentina

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We attended a Passport to Argentina celebration and wine tasting at our local Central Market a few months back. Looking up to check which wine was next, I noticed glasses filled with ice and slices of lime. I was curious, as well as skeptical.  Ice in wine?

Well it turns out these refreshing spritzer sare all the rage with the jet setters and hip crowd in Argentina. Refreshing and low in alcohol, these are perfect wine selections for a hot day on the patio or by the pool. They also make a great addition to the end of summer Labor Day cook-out!

New Age White Wine NV

This fun wine from Bodegas Valentin Bianchi is a 50/50 blend of Malvasia and Sauvignon Blanc harvested from the vineyards in San Rafael, Mendoza. The color of new straw, the fruit and floral notes are light, yet intense, in balanced acidity. Best served cold and over ice, drop in a lime and serve as an apéritif or with spicy Asian cuisine. Just 9.5% alcohol by volume, it’s also a great addition to fruit-based cocktails! Pick up several bottles – this wine is priced around $11.

New Age Rose NV

A dark lipstick pink, the New Age Rose pairs perfectly with barbecued chicken. Floral with wild raspberry on the nose, this is a blend of 50% Malbec and 50% Merlot. Also sourced from vines in San Rafael, Mendoza, the grapes were picked by hand from the Valentin Bianchi Estate vineyards, then crushed and cooled. 12 hours of cold maceration pulls the color from the skins. Also just 9.5% alcohol by volume, served over ice this is the perfect refresher after a night of Salsa dancing! Priced around $11, it also makes a unique South American-style sangria.

Both of these semi-sparkling wines are available in wine shops and upscale grocery stores.

For a closer look at Bodegas Valentin Bianchi check out this video. Warning: It will make you thirsty!

Want more? You can read about another great Argentina sparkler also perfect for barbecue. And watch for our upcoming live blogging on red Wines of Argentina coming up on Thursday, September 16th!

Cheers!

The WineWonkette

About Amy Corron Power

A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and nearly 10,000 twitter fans. She holds certifications from International Sommelier Guild, regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events and is currently studying for her California Wine Appellation Specialist certification through the San Francisco Wine School.
  • http://www.winelawonreserve.com Lindsey

    I’ve been interested in trying Argentinean wine, and these look perfect! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Brian

    If you ever want to enjoy the splendor of Argentine vineards, give us a call. Keep up the curiosity and enjoy the rest of the summer!

  • MenteArgentina.com

    If you ever want to try these and other wonderful types of Argentinian wines come to Argentina. We’ll help you get here! Keep up the wine interest!!!!!

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  • Hannah

    Where can I buy this win in the UK?