Vino Argentino Book, The Washington Post

November 30, 2010


"Vino Argentino: An Insider's Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina," by Laura Catena (Chronicle, $27.50). Books about a particular wine region not only introduce us to the wines, but also to the people who create them and the culture in which they flourish. Catena plays tour guide on an engaging voyage through Argentina's wine country, from the premier region of Mendoza to Salta in the north and Patagonia in the south.


We meet her famous family. She is the daughter of Argentine wine pioneer Nicolas Catena and owner of her own label, Luca. We also meet the country's other stars, such as Roberto de la Mota. She gives equal time to foreign contributors, such as American vintners Paul Hobbs and Donald Hess, who have invested heavily in Argentina, as well as French consultant Michel Rolland.


"Vino Argentino" is not an encyclopedic reference but a mouthwatering introduction to the wines and culture of Argentina. If the photographs by Sara Remington don't persuade you to call your travel agent, Catena's prose and recipes may leave you yearning for an empanada and a glass of malbec.