On Sunday we attended a wine tasting at The Vineyard in North Andover featuring 22 wines of South America. I brought glasses lest there were only plastic cups. They did provide actual wine glasses, but I used mine anyway. One of them broke in my back seat and I haven’t cleaned it up yet (bummer). Good thing it wasn’t Riedel! Anyway, the wines. The first table featured wines of Argentina and was my favorite. I’m not sure if that was the wines or my palate was not yet ‘fatigued’. I tried my first Torrontes and was blown away by the extremely floral nature of the nose – like burying your nose in a bouquet of honeysuckle. I picked up a bottle of this 2007 Jacques et Francois Lurton Torrontés. Of curious interest to me was the 2006 Michel Rolland Clos de Los Siete Mendoza Argentina. To my nose it was very young, tannic, and tight, and not close to being drinkable yet. Table 2 featured mainly wines of Chile. I picked up a bottle of the surprisingly complex 2007 Montes Sauvignon Blanc Classic Series. Table 3 featured more wines of Argentina, and is where I found the irresistible wine of the day: the silky smooth as a baby’s bottom 2006 Pascual Toso Malbec Reserve Barrancas Vineyards. Wow, the first Malbec I’ve tried that I’ve completely enjoyed. When I open these 3 bottles I’ll add more complete tasting notes in Cellartracker. Overall the distributors at each table where very nice and open to all sorts of questions and a good time was had by all.