Of course this sounds cliché, but one of my favorite things about living in Buenos Aires is the wine. Womp-womp, I know. But over the past four years I’ve really enjoyed trying a ton of different wines, discovering new bodegas, and pretending that I’ve gained some knowledge along the way. But let’s be honest – I’m no expert, and I’m always looking to try new things.
I was lucky enough to participate in a tasting hosted by Anuva Wines over the last long weekend. Whether you’re just passing through BA on vacation or a wine lover eager to uncover some lesser-known boutique bodegas, it’s a fun (and informative!) experience definitely worth trying.
Tastings are conducted in English and are currently hosted in Palermo Hollywood. It’s a charming little spot located on Bonpland, with an inviting patio and brightly colored accents that illuminate the space. As you enter, the Tasting Room is already set up and waiting for you and the other guests to make yourselves comfortable.
After some brief introductions and friendly hellos, you’re given a “tasting notes” sheet to guide you through the five wines. The Anuva staff are knowledgeable without being arrogant; you learn about the different aspects of tasting (color, aroma, taste, etc) without getting overwhelmed or confused. They’re eager to answer questions and to add a little depth to the experience. A small plate of Argentine tapas accompanies the wines – some local cheeses, spicy salame, fresh fruit sorbets, a meat empanada, and some rich dark chocolate – which is just enough to tide you over for dinner without filling you up too much.
Our group tried a Torrontés, a Bonarda, a Syrah, a Malbec and a Malbec/Cabernet/Merlot blend. All of the bodegas Anuva works with are lesser-known but highly rated wineries from different regions in Argentina. It’s a great way to learn about why some grapes work best in certain climates/altitudes, especially if your trip doesn’t allow time for you to head to Mendoza, Cafayate or Salta.
I really enjoyed the Torrontés and the Malbec, and was reminded of why I like Bonarda so much. We had fun comparing opinions with the other guests and the Anuva staff were helpful in guiding our impressions and providing more information. You’re welcome to another glass of any wine that you particularly enjoyed and are encouraged to drink up! After about 90 minutes things started to wind down, but our group of 6 kept chatting away and making small talk.
All of the wines from the tasting are available for purchase and can be shipped to the lower 48 states and Puerto Rico (You can also take bottles with you). A full list of the Anuva wines is provided at the end as you’re invited to place your order; you can also sign up for the Anuva Wine Club which will ship you different bottles each month, right to your door.
Overall we had a great time at the tasting. I would have been 10x happier if the air conditioning in the hotel had been turned on; I was sweating my face off (attractive) and would have appreciated a cool breeze to offset the oppressive humidity outside. I had fun learning about new bodegas that I had never heard of before and having a mini-refresher course in wine lingo. The staff, Sarah and Cara, were engaging and cheerful, eager to showcase their knowledge and make the guests feel comfortable.
Tastings are conducted several times a week. Larger groups can be accommodated with previous advance, as can tastings conducted only in Spanish.
For more information and to sign up for an Anuva Wine Tasting, click here.