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Vino Argentino: An Insider's Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina [Kindle Edition]

Laura Catena , Jay Miller , Sara Remington
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Book Description

In this book—part wine primer, part cultural exploration, part introduction to the Argentine lifestyle—discover where to eat, what to see, and how to travel like a local with Laura Catena, the Argentina-born, United States-educated, globetrotting wine star. The world's fifth largest producer of wine, Argentina is home to malbec, the country's best-known indigenous grape. More than 400,000 Americans and 600,000 Europeans visit Argentina every year to enjoy the mighty malbec, taste unparalleled food, trek the wide-open country, and tango all night long in Buenos Aires. Vino Argentino provides insider access to beautiful Argentina.

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About the Author

Laura Catena is the President of Catena Zapato Winery. She's an emergency room physician with degrees from Harvard and Stanford. Author has tri-citizenship:: United States, Argentina, and Italy Laura is the face of Catena Wines and has appeared on live television in Argentina and has been featured as a winemaker in Wine Spectator, Wine and Spirits, The Wine Advocate, Decanter Magazine, Food and Wine, 7X7 and the SF CHronicle.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2826 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (18 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049H9BYQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #732,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately disappointing 10 Dec. 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I had high hopes of this book, but ultimately they were dashed. At the end of the day I was left uncertain what type of book it was intended to be. It's a very personal view, written by someone who is rightly proud of both her country and its wines and - above all - the wines of Catena, but for those of us used to the writing of Clive Coates, Remington Norman, Paul Strang or Rosemary George there's a sense of something missing. A lack of detail, a sense of repetition, a feeling that Laura Catena couldn't avoid taking every opportunity to mention members of her family and what they have achieved... it's a mix of those.

Please don't get me wrong. It's not a bad book. It might be a good introductory guide to someone who hasn't visited the country and wants to know more before they go. It will highlight some good places to visit, both from the perspective of wine and food. On the other hand, it skips so hastily over so many fine producers that I felt frustrated at the lack of information. It does - and all credit to the author - dispel the idea that Mendoza has a single terroir, so I have certainly learned from it. However, I kept finding myself wanting far more than is offered. And I found myself groaning as yet another mention of something the Catenas have done intruded into a section that was supposed to be about a different subject - Pinot in Patagonia is one example.

I found this sad. I think that the Catena family have offered wine lovers a lot and some of their wines are amongst those I most enjoy from this great country. They have been innovative and they probably deserve a book telling their story. However, this book claims to be more than the Catena story. I was expecting a more comprehensive guide to the exciting wineries of Argentina, and this didn't provide it. If only Laura had modelled this on Rosemary George's Wines of Chablis - what a book we might have had.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good (but not in depth) book; it may tempt you to visit Argentina. 11 Nov. 2010
By vinegirlWI - Published on
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I enjoyed reading this book. However, a really apt description I read from Laura Cantena is that it's her "personal invitation to visit Argentina" and it's wine country. So, it's a bit more high level and less detailed than I'd have liked (which is why I gave it 4 rather than 5 stars), almost reading like a general guidebook, albeit with Laura Cantena as your guide. I was hoping for more in depth details about the wine regions of Argentina. Instead, the wine regions profiled are covered rather briefly and different aspects are highlighted, but not really in depth. It does give you a sort of general idea about the culture and ambiance of each region, and after reading it there are definitely some areas I'd like to visit, and I really want to find a Torrantes from Salta now too. A large section of the book is the included Argentine recipes (most sound like they would take a lot of time - someday when I have a lot of spare time, I would like to try them, as they do sound good) and a suggested 2-week itinerary for visiting there. The photos in the book are gorgeous, if only they were bigger!

Overall, I'd recommend the book if you want to know a bit about Argentina wine regions, just understand its not exhaustive coverage of the topic.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging survey and guide to Argentina's great wine culture 17 Dec. 2010
By Malbec Lover - Published on
I have spent ten years traveling to Argentina for working in the wine business. This book not only taught me a few wine-specific things I didn't know, but also introduced me to a lot of the characters and history of Argentina and its wine industry that I didn't know. It is a great survey and also a wonderful stepping-off point for anyone who is curious about Malbec, Torrontes, Bonarda, and other gems from this quickly emerging wine region superstar. While there are some great recipes to try without leaving home, I think this book really makes me want to go back soon. Great photos give a nice feeling for the country and its people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was searching for! 22 Dec. 2010
By Ed Klaas - Published on
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I just returned from a trip to Mendoza in which I am helping a friend to purchase land in the area on which he will create his own vineyard and winery. Filled with enthusiasm I was looking for a book that would provide me with greater background on the vineyard and winery industry and way of life in Argentina. Little did I know that I would run across this book. I looked at several books that I might revisit later but when I stumbled upon Laura's book I almost shouted, "that's it!". It was exactly what I was looking for! It has an interesting history, is well written and I liked the food section for good measure. It is the book I would have written if I had the opportunity. I lived in Argentina in the late 90s and am not ashamed to say that I am an asado lover and a fan of all argentine cuisine. The pictures are great and makes me even more enthusiastic about my next trip in a month. Thank you, Laura, for doing such a great job. I really enjoy your book and will return to it often. I hope to have the opportunity to meet you in person some day soon. Ed Klaas
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a hand held vacation 30 Mar. 2011
By Nicole E. Savageaux - Published on
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Not only did I have no idea that there are penguins in Argentina, I really didn't know much at all about the country at all until I read this book. By the end of the first five pages I was hankering to visit this land of diverse climates, wonderful food and wine, wine, wine! Since that wasn't possible I took the book (turned to page 21) with me to k&L wine purveyors where they helped me choose the first Bonarda and Torrontes I had ever had and also some amazing Malbec. I made the Chimichurri and Dulce de Leche recipes at the end of the book, and that Friday we had friends over to enjoy a little bit of Argentina in san Francisco! It was such fun, just like the book is, and the Chimichurri is just amazing. This book is filled with facts and figures about wine production, but also great stories evoking thoughts of wonderful tastes and scents, people and places far away, a hand held vacation!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vino Argentina 30 Jan. 2012
By SanchoPanza - Published on
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Vino Argentino is a well written guide to the wines, wineries, and wine regions of Argentina. Laura Catena knows what she is talking about. Her family owns one of the largest wineries in the country yet she does a remarkable job of objectively reviewing all the wines and wineries. There is not much written information out there on the subject. Mostly you have to learn by trying the wines. Not a bad way to acquire knowledge.
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