Too much fun at the Taste Club last night! That’s my monthly wine and food pairing dinner held at Cooks Warehouse Brookhaven. We tasted 9 wines from South America and ate like cowboys – 

Churrasco style Steak with Chimichurri Sauce and Peruvian Potatoes. Here’s a couple of pictures from the kitchen – the fabulous assistants and the beautiful food. Couldn’t do it without the assistants – they make everything go run like clockwork. I feel very fortunate to have such good help!  I’ll share the recipes in a couple of Friday Fours, but until then – here’s my list of wines from last night. South American wines are such an incredible value for the quality. And it’s so easy to recognize the wines – almost all their wines are labeled by the grape variety. Every delicious wine we had last night cost less than $20 – can you believe it? 

Crios Torrontes: Argentina’s answer to Chardonnay. Light and crisp with peach and honey aromas, followed by a crisp citrus taste. If you like Viognier – you will like this as well.
Montes Sauvignon Blanc: Somewhere between a French Sancerre and a New Zealand Sav Blanc this makes a perfect accompaniment to shellfish
Alfredo Roca Pinor Noir: Not your ordinary Pinot! This one is light and red berry filled – One of the best surprises of the evening
Casa Lapostolle Merlot: Tasty Merlot from one of Chile’s biggest vineyards
Montgras Reserva Carmenere: One of the six grapes that are allowed in a Bordeaux, Carmenere is a up-and-comer grape from Chile. Similar to a Merlot but with more leather, toasty flavors.
Catena Malbac: Classic dark purple Malbac from a wonderful producer, can’t get much better than this…
Maipe Malbac: The winner! Who knew a wine this good could be bought for less than $10? Amazing find from Costco
Norton Privada: This 92 rated blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbac is a beautiful big powerful red that was a perfect evening “ender” with our chocolate almond cake

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