kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Perfume in a glass

I've always loved highly aromatic white wines like Viognier, Gewurztraminer and Muscat (dry, off-dry or dessert styles). Their seductive aromas of flowers, blossoms, stone fruits, orange peel and honey just jump out of the glass and make me return for another sip again and again.

Argentina, most famous for its red Malbec wines, which are big, bold, tannic, (and perfect for a steak on the grill,) also succeeds with a more seductive grape--Torrontes. Torrontes is highly perfumed, with floral notes on the aroma and palate, along with apricot and honey. Typically dry or off-dry, it's a refreshing accompaniment to spicy Asian cuisine, and it also can be enjoyed all by itself on the patio on a warm summer evening.

The other night, I tried a 2005 Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes Valle de Cafayate. It was exotic, aromatic, and just plain delicious. When shopping for Torrontes, look for the most recent vintage you can find--this is not a wine that is meant to age on a wine rack. It should be enjoyed while the fruit and floral nuances are still fresh.