Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Thoughts from Rome!

I guess I’m officially a late bloomer, it took me years before I had the chance to visit many European cities that most people usually visit in their twenties. Mostly, because I chose to spend most of my younger years on vacations at the beach either in the US or at the Caribbean, and didn’t start my so-called cultural yearly trips until recently. 

Nowadays, It is so exciting for me to pick a different major European city for my vacation and explore it fully. It usually takes me 7 days to visit all the museums and main attractions, to try its traditional foods, and to live life like the locals do as much as possible.

 

This year, it was my turn to visit Rome. The trip was truly incredible, though I found a few things I didn’t really like. For starters I knew it was going to be hot and this is why I opted not to travel in the middle of summer, hoping that my mid May dates were going to be better. Well not really,  temperatures climbed to 30º Celsius most days and it was also very humid too. And then the crowds, my goodness! I started believing nobody worked anymore; there were too many people everywhere, long lines and bumping into others were annoying as I like to move quickly at my own pace, to most places.  


Other than that, I had so many great experiences to share with you, starting with Italian food, which is and was truly exceptional in Rome. Not only because of the quality of the ingredients, but also some dishes were truly addictive, like their delicious al dente pasta (Carbonara, Amatriciana or Cacio e Pepe are a must-try of any visit), their endless pizza combinations served in squares (al Taglio), my favorite was one with radicchio on top, a combination I’ve never seen somewhere else. The fried Suppli balls (rice balls filled with meat, cheese and tomato sauce, usually served as appetizers), the Maritozzi with panna (brioche filled with sweet cream) a sweet powerbomb. The artisanal Gelatos, also served with cream on top as the locals do, and of course the delicious fried Artichokes (known in Rome as Carciofi alla Giudia), enjoyed al fresco with a glass of Prosecco. Food and coffee were truly astounding in Rome, but I also think they tasted better because of the way Romans are and live, enjoying “La Dolce Vita”, an expression they use for chilling and relaxing, in other words enjoying the good sweet life. 


Rome is so incredible, and there was so much to see; it’s truly an open museum. From the Roman ruins you will keep bumping into all around the city (Roman Forum, Largo di Torre Argentina, Marcellus Theater, Colosseum, Pantheon, etc), to their very artistic fountains (Trevi, especially, but also Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi), its many piazzas (Navona, Pincio, Popolo and Spanish Steps) and many Obelisks spread all around the city, as well as their hundreds of churches with their wonderful domes, the list of things to see is endless. 


Yet to truly enjoy it all, I have a couple of recommendations for those planning a trip to Rome in the near future. The first thing will be to book your tickets to the main attractions in advance, before they sell out, so you don’t end up paying double or triple their cost to purchase them via re-vendors. Unfortunately this happened to me, I ended up paying more than the usual price to secure a ticket on my days there. Whenever possible, pay for a guided tour with skip-the-line option (I know these are expensive, but so worthy), especially for places such as the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum and the Borghese Gardens and Gallery (a truly baroque paradise). 


Know where you want to go and what you want to see. Every year once I decide my vacation destination, I start planning my trip, by watching videos on YouTube and start listing the places I am going to visit, and adding them on my Google Maps. This way I know where everything is, what is close by, including attractions and restaurants. I found that the Rome Vlog Romewise did the trick for me, to help me familiarize myself with Rome before I arrived.


Another must: always, bring comfortable shoes. Rome's streets are made of cobblestone and you will need a good pair of sneakers to support your feet, considering you will most likely spend 4 to 5 hours daily just walking, if not more. And though Rome has a subway system, subway stops sometimes are a 15-minutes walk away from most attractions, so be ready to walk everywhere. Think of this as a good way to burn the extra calories from all those Cornetto (croissants) you will have for breakfast.  


If you can’t pay for guides, download apps such as Rick Steves’ (free at Google play), he has audio tours for most of the attractions in Rome, including tours of the Colosseum, Pantheon and Roman forums. I actually did the last three, following his instructions and it worked wonderfully for me.  But you know, some museums are so big, it is almost impossible to see everything in one day, so paying for a guide to point you to the essential masterpieces helps, not only by saving you time, but also preventing you from missing the basics of your visit (like the bust that inspired Michelangelo to do his last judgment painting in the Sistine Chapel for example). 


Though tickets are needed for most things, there are plenty of things that are free, like all of the art inside Roman churches. I (a Jew) spent a day visiting most of them, to discover the wonderful sculptures of Bernini and Michelangelo and the paintings by Caravaggio and Raphael. Even access to the biggest church in the world, St Peter’s Basilica, is free, though prepare yourself for long lines.  I also took pictures of the many church ceilings, some of which have incredible baroque designs and paintings.


But what I truly enjoyed the most, was visiting the ruins, and old attractions such as the Pantheon and the Colosseum only a few blocks from my Airbnb. I was lucky enough to book my studio in the neighborhood of Monti, which was very well situated. Imagine my surprise on my first day, when I went for a walk around and saw the Colosseum only three blocks away. Visiting the Pantheon was also something else, these days is not free anymore, though you can book your entry ticket, that will cost you 5 Euros online, or at the machine outside.  I must confess, I couldn’t help and rested my hands on its over 2,000-year old columns. It was as if part of me wished these walls could talk about all the history they have witnessed.


Towards the end, I found myself fully knowing how to move through the metro system like a local, and I even stopped looking at Citymapper for a while, allowing myself to get lost in the many charming Roman streets, following only my intuition to guide me through. Of course, I also enjoyed crossing bridges to check what was on the other side, something I normally do when visiting other cities, such as Paris or London. This time, I crossed the Tiber river to Trastevere, a fun and vibrant neighborhood full of hip bars and restaurants. Now, looking at my pictures again, feels like transporting myself to Rome’s charming streets, to its history and art, allowing me to savor every moment I spent while there.


Though I was in Italy, a country with many wonderful wines, I found myself drinking what the locals drank after a long day of sightseeing. I discovered the Aperol Spritz, an orange based concoction made with Aperol, Prosecco, ice and orange slices. So delicious and refreshing, I enjoyed it with a bruschetta, as the best way to wrap up my long day adventures.


Here’s my favorite Aperol recipe, so that you can enjoy this cocktail this summer, just mix these together and enjoy!

 

4 oz. of a good quality Prosecco 

2 oz. Aperol

1- 2 ounces of Club soda

orange slices and ice




















 

I guess, with so much beauty in the world to be discovered, all we have to do is just open our eyes and see it. Cheers! Silvina


#Rome #aperolspritz #thoughtsoflawina #romanvacation #dolcevita

#WineWednesday.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

What to drink this Spring? Wines from Alsace!

Let me start by saying that I love Alsace, not only because I’m familiar with their grapes and their wine styles but also because it’s so easy to write about places that have almost perfect conditions to grow grapes, and that year in and out yield unbelievable wines. Alsace, as you may imagine, is one of these lucky places on earth.

Very much influenced by German winemaking, Alsace has historically belonged to both France and Germany at different times in the past. Much depended on where their border was set, either by the Rhin river that separates France from Germany or on the Vosges mountains.  

Like their German counterparts, Alsace produces mostly white wines that are bottled in long flute bottles (they even do this for their tiny production of reds, something Alsatians are forced to follow by law and would like to see disappear). They also list their grapes on their labels, something uncommon in the rest of France, where appellations and not varieties are listed on them. Alsatian wines, like the Germans, are usually varietals and therefore rarely blended, they are wines created to express the soul of the grape and their terroir, a terroir that is truly special thanks to the Vosges Mountains. Alsace’s best vineyards are located in the Haut Rhin, on the south portion of the mountains, at their foothills or on sheltered valleys, where the Vosges protect them from the Atlantic influence. The climate in Alsace is cool, but very dry, since the mountains act like a barrier protecting the vineyards from rain, actually Alsace gets the least rain of all of France’s appellations. 

Despite its location, in the North East of France, Alsace is very sunny with a long and slow growing season, allowing grapes to mature every year. The lack of humidity and therefore diseases, favors both organic and biodynamic viticulture. Alsatian samples have more personality too, showing bigger bodies, concentrated fruit and alcohol than any of their German counterparts.  The variety of soils yield different wines too, something that producers are very proud about, as most of them make at least a minimum of 8 and up to 30 different wine styles each vintage. Clay and Marl soils yield the most concentrated wines (full of fruit, aromatics and tangy acidity), limestone and sandy soils yield the most elegant and finest of styles, while flint, quartz and schisty soils produce wines full of mineral, wet stone and petrol aromatics.

90% of all Alsace's production is white wine, which is mostly dry with some sweet production happening on the best vintages. The allowed varieties are Riesling (which has the highest percentage of all plantings), followed by Pinot Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Sylvaner, Muscat, Chasselas and Klevner. Four of these are considered the noble grapes of the region and are used only to produce Grand Cru (the best) wines and also the sweet versions.  Because Alsatian producers are purists, their intention is to showcase the aromatics of each grape, respecting what nature has created and not messing things up much. Following this approach, most wines are fermented in their indigenous (natural) yeasts, avoiding malolactic fermentation, so that they can keep their delicious acidity. Their wines are usually fermented in stainless steel, in cement containers or in very old oak barrels that don’t impart any flavors, they don’t usually age them in oak either.

Stylistically, at the entry level we have the basic Alsace AOC, made from grapes grown all over the appellation. A step up in quality are the Alsace Grand Cru wines, supposedly made from the best 51 vineyards, mostly spread in the south, where the Vosges are highest and their influence heavily felt. These can be made only from the 4 noble varieties: Muscat, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer.  The subject of the Grand Crus is kind of controversial among Alsatians, as some of them are discontent with the way Grand Cru vineyards were delimited, in some cases because some important ones were omitted, while in others, because it included areas not special at all. Their disagreement was such that they refused to list the words "Grand Cru" on their labels and opted to give their wines a fantasy name, to identify them from the rest.  

The appellation also produces a ton of sparkling wine, known as Cremant d’ Alsace, these are sparkling wines made with the second fermentation in a bottle, similar to Champagne and from a blend of different grapes that include Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois and Chasselas. On excellent vintages, and when autumn humidity allows it, producers make two styles of sweet wines, Vendange Tardive or late harvest wines, wines with extra hang time and Selection de Grains Noble, made with grapes affected by Botrytis Cinerea or noble rot. VT wines can be dry or sweet while SGN wines are always sweet. The best grapes to make both these styles are Gewürztraminer and Muscat. Both VT and SGN wines are produced in limited quantities, and very expensive, though if you are lucky to find these, give them a try as they are truly exceptional. The rest of the production goes to make rosé and reds from Pinot Noir, much of which is available only in France. 

Today recommendations come from Maison Willm, featuring a trio of delicious (Reserve) whites. Many thanks to Touton Selections for sending me these very expressive samples.

Willm Alsace Gentil Reserve 2022, $16.99  

A blend of 50% noble varieties that include Pinot Gris, Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Riesling, complemented with Pinot Blanc. Fully fermented in stainless steel, this was matured on its lees for 3 months. Fruity and floral with crisp acidity, showing ripe pear and citrus notes.  It’s easy to drink and a good place to start if you are new to the region. 

Willm Alsace Pinot Gris Reserve 2022, $16.99

A 100 % Pinot Gris wine showcases a lovely balance of freshness and stone fruits that include peach, apricot, orange peel and honeysuckle notes. This is a medium plus white with layers of juicy flavors and an elegant finish.

Will Alsace Riesling Reserve 2022, $17.99

Made from what is considered the king of all Alsatian grapes, this delicious 100% Riesling features lemon zest, white peach and green apple notes, with a touch of flinty minerality. On the palate it’s medium bodied, delicate with a vibrant finish.

Cheers! Silvina


#thoughtsoflawina #drinkalsace #alsacewines #alsace #drinkupamerica #WineWednesday

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Matching Spicy Foods with Wines

Spicy foods such as Mexican, Indian or Thai are so delicious, but finding a wine to match these is sometimes a challenge, especially if you prefer to drink mostly Chardonnay (dry oaky whites) or your typical Napa red (a tannic powerbomb), which are not exactly the best pairings. The problem is that heat clashes with oak, making your wines dryer and harsher, and tannins amplify your perception of heat and spice.  Alcohol,on the other hand, enhances the spiciness, increasing the heat even further, so stay away from that. I guess your best bet for spicy foods is to choose wines with relatively low alcohol, fruity or very aromatic, with some acidity to cleanse the palate, and ideally with some sweetness to counteract the heat by toning it down.

Some of the best matches for spicy foods are German Rieslings, normally low in alcohol, these wines are very refreshing and if you see the words 
Spätlese or Auslese on the labels that means they also have much desired sweetness. Alsatian, Italian or German Gewürztraminer are also a good choice, but keep in mind that Alsatian samples have a bit more alcohol than German and Italian ones. Other good choices are floral wines such as Greek Moschofilero, Argentinian Torrontés, or Alsatian Muscat; these have plenty of fruity aromas, but are also light and refreshing. If you can’t find those, an Albariño from Spain or Austrian Grüner Veltliner could also work. If you prefer to drink rosé, fruity versions are best, such as those from the new world. If you prefer a red, I would choose either something fruity or spicy, such as Beaujolais Nouveau or Villages, Barbera D’ Alba or Dolcetto, which have plenty of fruit and are usually light-bodied. Bubbles will be great with spicy foods, as they normally refresh your palate (this is why beer is often chosen as the perfect pairing for Mexican or Indian dishes), but I wouldn’t match spicy foods with dry Champagne or sparkling; as extra dryness will make spices harsher,  I would opt instead for something fruity or off-dry, such as a Moscato, a fruity Cava or Prosecco. Surprisingly, Apple Cider can be a great pairing too, the natural sweetness of apples can help balance spiciness. As always, remember to check the intensity of both your dish and wine, so that they always compliment each other and none overpowers the other.



My recommendations: all the samples chosen have a few common denominators: all are served chilled, they have low or no alcohol, plenty of fruit and some sweetness, making them ideal pairings for your spicy dishes.

Nik Weis St. Urbans-Hof Estate QbA Riesling from Old Vines 2022 $21.00
A 100% Riesling from 50 year old vines, estate grown in the Mosel, aka Riesling’s top territory in Germany. This focused, light bodied white is fermented with natural yeasts. Showing zippy acidity that multiplies the elegance in this refreshing and very floral off-dry wine, saturated with beautiful ripe peach and mango notes. The alcohol is on the low side at only 10% ABV.

Cava Paul Cheneau Brut Reserva, NV $15.99
A classic Cava blend of 40% Xarel·lo, 30% Macabeo, 25% Chardonnay and 5% Parellada, this floral and elegant Cava shows notes of ripe pineapple and gala apples, with citrusy grapefruit and a long, creamy finish. It was aged on its lees for 12 months.

Cavit Moscato 2022 $11.99

Made from Muscat grapes grown in the Pavia region, this slightly frizzante white, features intense aromas of rose, orange blossom and white peach. Light bodied and off dry, with a delicious and vibrant finish.

Duché de Longueville French Sparkling Cider $13
Growing up I drank a lot of Argentinean cider during the holidays, so I was excited to try one made in France. This cider is completely non-alcoholic and made with apples grown in the region of Normandy. On the palate it’s truly refined, artisanal and very refreshing, reminds me of the  fine ciders from Asturias, Spain.
Cheers! Silvina.



 #spicyfoods #winesforspicyfoods #thoughtsoflawina #winewednesday #drinkupamerica

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Mencía, the grape you should be drinking now!

There’s nothing more boring than always drinking the same wine styles, especially when there are so many varieties to try. Something like Mencía, a grape with a fantastic flavor profile and a very affordable price. 

Originally from the Iberian Peninsula, two countries dispute the origins of this grape. On one side Mencía reigns in North Western Spain, where we can find some of the best samples, and more than 9,000 hectares of it, planted in the appellations of Bierzo, Ribeira Sacra, Monterrei and Valdeorras. Yet, DNA tests proved that Mencía is genetically similar to Portuguese Jaen, leading us to think that it may have been born in the Dão region of Portugal, instead. 

Known for its vibrant acidity and freshness, Mencía produces medium to medium plus everyday reds, much depending on where it’s planted. Hillside vineyards of Bierzo and Ribeira Sacra (in Spain), which are rich in slate and quartz, provide beefier wines with mineral notes than those from fruit planted on the flat lands with clay soils. Plus, complex samples of Mencía usually come from very old vines that are naturally low yielding, producing wines that have plenty of concentration. These plantings were rediscovered in the late 1990s and early 2000s by top producers such as Raúl Pérez and Alvaro Palacios (also known for producing wonderful wines in Priorat), both leading to a revival of Mencía in Spain.

Mencía is early budding and mid ripening, and it favors a mild continental climate of warm days with cool nights. In the cellar, producers opt to use carbonic maceration to keep its fruitiness and floral aromas, and to avoid excessive oak that may kill its fragrance. This is mostly above all, because Mencía wines are very aromatic and flavorful with delicious red fruit notes that include sour cherry, redcurrant, and pomegranate, as well as herbaceous notes of mint and thyme. Often compared with Pinot Noir, Mencía also transmits its terroir, so much that we can easily find notes of crushed gravel, graphite or chalk in its wines.

Stylistically, Mencía wines are spicy with supple structures but never a powerbomb themselves, exactly the type of red I could drink every night. Enjoy them when young, ideally within 5 years of release, while their wild red fruit is still fresh.  Pair them with charcuterie, but pasta, duck and veal dishes will pair wonderfully too!

My recommendations: 

First, a big thank you to Msgr Touton Selections for sending these wonderful samples. As I said earlier, the best samples of Mencía come from Spain and especially from the Bierzo, Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras appellations, so check your labels for those.

Flavium Selección Mencía 2021, D.O. Bierzo, $12.99

Very appealing red with a lovely nose of red currants, macerated cherries and plum, crunchy textured with grippy yet fine tannins.


Alvarez de Toledo Mencía Roble 2021, D.O. Bierzo, $13.99

Fresh and aromatic, showing sour cherry, pomegranate and bramble fruit, with herbal hints and very supple tannins.


Marqués de Montejos Single Vineyard Mencía 2020, VT Castilla y León  $13.99

Attractive with vivid fruit that include ripe raspberry and cranberry jam notes. Savory, with creamy tannins and a smoky long finish.

 

Hoping you will soon give Mencía a try ! Cheers, Silvina

 #mencia #thoughtsoflawina #winesfromspain #bierzo #winewednesday #drinkupamerica

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

In Pursuit of Love in Bottle: 5 to try this Valentine's Day!

Whether you are looking to treat your sweetheart or yourself, Valentine’s Day is a time to show your partner how much you care about them, but also a good opportunity to Wine indulge! Here are 5 recommendations that will surely impress your loved ones, besides being perfect pairings for any romantic meal.

Any Valentine’s should start with a fantastic sparkling wine, such as this Bichot Crémant Rosé NV, a delicious Crémant de Bourgogne, featuring a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay grapes. It displays fruitful raspberry and strawberry notes, with a touch of zesty citrus and brioche hints. Elegant and crisp, its lively mousse linger into a lovely finish. $31

Crios Sustentia Chardonnay 2022 is an alternative for white wine lovers, but also for those that are trying to lose weight or who want to consume less alcohol this year. This wine has only 9% Abv vs your regular 14% of most wines and only 90 calories per glass, but all of the flavor! Made by Susana Balbo the top female winemaker of Argentina, this refreshing white is made from 100% Chardonnay from the Uco Valley in Mendoza, showcasing tropical notes of pineapple and mango and refreshing floral hints. $18.99

In the mood for something spicy? Try the Varvaglione 12 e Mezzo Primitivo 2020 from Puglia, a 100% Primitivo (aka Zinfandel) red. Velvety and mouth filling, it displays blackberry and raisins with hints of licorice, chocolate and spicy cinnamon. Certified organic, it has very balanced alcohol, surprisingly as most Zinfandels I have ever tasted were usually 16% and up and overripe; which makes this wine not only refreshing but truly different. $15.99

Are you feeling extra romantic? Yet your wine palate tends more to the classic blends? Try Château Amour 2016,  an expressive Médoc (Bordeaux) red featuring equal parts of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. A classic and very seductive wine shows flavorful black/red currants and plum notes, with tobacco and savory coffee hints.  Polished  and medium-bodied, it integrates fruit, acidity and very supple tannins. Bonus, this a Bordeaux true value at only $22. 

And finally, Calcu Fotem Cabernet Sauvignon 2018,  a powerbomb with lots of personality and style from Colchagua, Chile. It shows explosive black cherries and plums with a touch of herbal green pepper notes. Very textured and structured with a solid length and nice cigar box hints on the finish.  $55


 Hoping you will soon give all these a try. Happy Valentine’s Day to all, cheers! Silvina.

#Valentine’sDay #thoughtsoflawina #Valentine’swines #drinkupamerica

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Wines of Altitude

Great wines share some common denominators, factors that directly impact their greatness. Among these, Altitude. Altitude makes great wines and it has always been a key element in vineyard selection, affecting wine style, ripeness, freshness, acidity, tannin and flavor.

All of us know that a successful wine usually comes from the right matching of location, climate and vine variety, a concept known as Terroir. Certain grapes require extra or less warmth, specific types of soils, sunlight and good drainage. Solar radiation, temperature variation, ventilation and winds all come into play when growing grapes. Depending on location and climate, altitude affects the amount of direct sunlight that vines receive, which affects their phenolic concentration and acidity. Altitude wines normally have more weight, acidity and structure from the valley floor counterparts, a direct result of the amount of sunlight they receive.  Sunlight increases with elevation, as UV rays intensify with each 1,000 feet increase. Sunlight and wind exposure also affect tannins, forcing the grapes to produce thick grape skins that provide color and structure to wines. Thicker skins protect grapes from extra solar radiation, from brave winds and from temperature changes that take place at higher elevations. Here is where the famous nocturnal/ diurnal shift of warm days and cool nights is important, because it allows grapes to keep their acidity adding complexity and elegance, which are essential in fine wine production. The temperature shift also promotes a long and slow maturation that will allow grapes to develop more compounds, expressing even more grape flavors.


Altitude also affects drainage, though storms can hit these vineyards hard, because of their inclination, water usually drains to the valley floors, reducing moisture and preventing fungal diseases. The lack of water will force vines to dig their roots deeper into the floor, gathering all types of nutrients and minerals. The water stressed plants usually focus their attention on the development of fruit and not so much on green foliage, which happens with water excess. Of course elevation and inclination has its costs, as most work has to be done by hand.  And all of  this is, not even considering climate change and its effects on viticulture. As global temperatures rise, growers won’t have a choice but to go higher, in order to continue creating the styles of the past when vintages weren’t so warm. This happens because temperatures drop one degree Celsius for each 100 meters of altitude increase.  This is also the reason why winemakers are currently experimenting by planting vines at different altitudes.


But, what is considered a high altitude vineyard? For Europeans high altitude vineyards are those planted at 500+ meters (about 1,640 feet), however in South America where we can find the highest of vineyards (most of which are in Argentina), the minimum starts higher, at 1000+ meters (about 3,280 feet). 


And now to my 3 recommendations from Bodegas Colomé. Founded in 1831 in the heart of the Calchaquí Valley, in Salta, Argentina, Bodegas Colomé is not only the oldest commercial winery but also owns the World’s highest commercial vineyards, planted at 10,300 feet. What can one expect from wines coming from such high altitudes? For starters, deeper colors, concentrated fruit, elegance and fresh acidity and in the case of reds, great tannic structure. Try them and you will discover this is indeed true. And if you have extra $$$ to spare, also try their fabulous flagship wine: Colomé Salta Altura Máxima 2014 tasted at the last Wine Spectator event, an outstanding super Malbec from the highest vineyard of the world. $130


Bodega Colomé Torrontés 2023, $14

Torrontés, the floral and exquisite white grape from Argentina, produces an enticing wine from grapes grown in La Brava vineyard planted at 5,575 feet. This full bodied white displays delicious rose, geranium and grapefruit notes, with lively acidity and a very vibrant finish.

Bodega Colomé Estate Malbec 2021, $27

This delicious 100% Malbec was made with grapes grown from four different vineyards featuring altitudes of 5,575, 7,545, 8,530 and 10,300 feet respectively. This seductive tinto shows violet, cassis, blueberry preserves, dusted cocoa and black pepper notes. Very polished, with the right balance of fruit, tannin and length. 

Bodega Colomé Auténtico 2021, $42

This single vineyard 100 % Malbec is harvested from one of Colomé's best sites located at 7,545 feet. Auténtico is savory, displaying succulent and ripe black currant, black cherries and plum pudding notes mixed with spicy clove, chocolate and graphite hints. A good combination of concentration and finesse. 

 Hoping you will soon give these all a try! Cheers, Silvina

#BodegaColomé #thoughtsoflawina #Altitudewines #Altitude #drinkupamerica #winewednesday