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Ascencion Torrontés 2015
Salta, Argentina

You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
SATURDAY, MAY 20 @ 10:15 PM (ET)

Join Rita Hayworth in Buenos Aires (by way of a Hollywood set designer) in this lavish wartime musical, best appreciated with a glass of this exciting white wine from northern Argentina. Hayworth became Columbia’s top female star after reuniting with Fred Astaire for this story of a nightclub owner’s daughter who is courted by a talented American dancer.

THE WINE

Ascencion comes from Argentina’s oldest estate, and is named after the original founder’s daughter – though the name could easily be a reference to the dizzying heights of the vineyards (see below). Winemaker Francisco ‘Paco’ Puga is the talent behind our ever-popular Ascencion Malbec, but wait until you taste this enticing white. Francisco cool fermented his Torrontés grapes, bringing out extra aromatic complexity. A brief period of aging on the lees (spent yeast cells) imparts a nutty complexity.

THE GRAPE

There are three varieties that take the Torrontés name: Torrontés Mendocino, Torrontés Sanjuanino and Torrontés Riojano. The latter is what you’re enjoying here – it’s the fine, aromatic variety responsible for catapulting Torrontés to ‘star white grape’ fame in Argentina (and across the globe). Tom Cannavan of winepages.com writes: “Torrontés is a white wine grape that makes terrifically fragrant, perfumed-yet-rich, fruity wines with crisp acidity.” The very best come from Salta’s super-high vineyards.

THE REGION

Argentina’s “wines exude panache, complexity and unbridled deliciousness” (The Wine Advocate). Here in Salta, you’ll find the world’s highest vineyards – some exceed 10,000 feet (grapes for Ascencion were grown at up to 2,500 feet). Bright sunlight and cool nighttime temperatures produce thick-skinned, intensely aromatic grapes, which translate to bigger aromas and flavors in your glass.

WITH FOOD

Torrontés is an uplifting glass served all on its own. It’s also great with Latin food – especially if seafood is involved. We’ve been enjoying it with shrimp ceviche. Vegetarian? Torrontés has a wonderfully crisp quality, which means it will go nicely with all manner of vegetable dishes. You could also try black bean dip with Queso Fresco (a mild, crumbly Mexican cheese).

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