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Alma Andina Torrontés 2014
Salta, Argentina

The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) & Now, Voyager (1942)
Saturday, December 24 @ 02:00 AM (ET)

Bette Davis is in her elegant prime in these two films from 1942. While the humor of The Man Who Came to Dinner was a departure for Davis at the time – as was taking a supporting role – her turn in Now, Voyager is one of the great dramatic performances of her career. Savor this star’s panache along with a lovely and aromatic Torrontés, a complex and delicious grape.

THE WINE

Vintage after vintage, Steve McEwen’s Torrontés thrills white wine fans wherever it goes, including the 2011 International Wine & Spirit Competition (where it was voted Best-in- Class). Last vintage, it was a big winner at the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards, snagging both a coveted gold medal and glowing tasting note from the judges: "This is lovely and aromatic with white flower, lemongrass and elderflower characters. Restrained but classy palate that is clean, crisp, refreshing and long with peach and spice notes. This is modern Torrontés in a leaner, elegant style." You can expect more of the same in this super-fresh 2014 release.

THE GRAPE

Though the name Torrontés is used to describe several distinct grape varieties in Spain, this Torrontés grape is unique to Argentina. And if Malbec is the country's King of Reds, Torrontés is surely its Queen of Whites. Critic Tom Cannavan writes: "Torrontés is a white wine grape that makes terrifically fragrant, perfumed-yet-rich, fruity wines with crisp acidity."

THE REGION

grapeAs The Wine Advocate notes: "Argentina is the most exciting New World wineproducing country. At their best, these wines exude panache, complexity and unbridled deliciousness." Malbec has paved the way, but wine fans are discovering just how delicious the star white grape can be. For this gem, we headed to Salta, home to the world's highest vineyards (some over 10,000 ft.).

WITH FOOD

Alma Andina is uplifting on its own and also great with Latin food – especially if seafood is involved. Steve’s favorite match is a mouthwatering ceviche. Need a vegetarian option? Torrontés has a wonderfully crisp quality, which means it will go nicely with all manner of vegetable dishes. We tried (and loved) black bean dip with queso fresco.

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