kelly magyarics

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


A funky, South American White

I love aromatic white wines like Gewurztraminer and Viognier. Add to that list Torrontes (pronounced "tore-ahn-TEZ"), , the spicy and floral wine from Argentina. Made from the grape of the same name, it's heady aromas and flavors of honeysuckle and jasmine, as well as hints of spices like cardamon, make for a very interesting sip. Enjoy it by itself, with a cheese and fruit platter, or with Asia dishes (especially Thai and Indian curries).

One to try is the 2005 Santa Julia Torrontes. There is some rose and jasmine apparent on the nose and palate, as well as lychee nuts. It's rich and decadent, yet has balanced acidity. Torrontes is one of those distinctive, "love it or hate it" wines, and I definitely belong to the former camp.

You won't find many Torrontes on your local wine store shelf, but it can be worth seeking out if you enjoy this style of wine.