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What does wine mean to Argentines and why?

What does wine mean to Argentines and why?

He came It is culture, it is work, it is tradition, it is stories, memories, anecdotes. It’s much more than just a drink; It is part of your history, mine and the history of civilization. They are the vines in a grandparent’s patio and Sunday family meals that are combined with a toast of joy and romantic dinners, meetings and events of all kinds, which we Argentines love.

But back to the data. With its more than 8,000 years, wine has been accompanying us and evolving with us. In fact, it is part of our daily life even when we don’t drink it, because wine today is a great national industry. Of Eurasian origin, the vine was the protagonist of Egyptian religious cults, Greek foods and followed the path of Rome during the expansion of the empire throughout Europe, where the now famous chateaux (ancient palaces with vineyards and, in some cases, monasteries) were born. ), where the wines of the nobility emerged and where oak began to be used.

From these monasteries the famous French champagne also emerged, which conquered everyone because “they drank stars”, paraphrasing the monk and chef de cave. Dom Perignon. With the empire lost, the vines were left standing and it was the monks who continued with their culture, because, let us not forget, for them it was and is the blood of Christ. Nothing less.

How did the vine get to America then?

With colonization, of course. The religious came with his wines and his vines and for several more centuries they would be solely responsible for producing wine for the religious service and for its marketing on the continent. Some texts say that in Argentina the first local wine was made in Jesus María, Córdoba, where the Jesuits had one of their largest religious centers; Other chronicles also maintain that Entre Rios and Buenos Aires had a great production boom until a law, now repealed, prohibited its cultivation there in the 1930s.

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But what is wine for us?

It is an experience in which you enjoy what is in that glass at a precise time and place. Of course, there are simple tasting techniques that I share in my book, as well as rules to follow to store wines in your cellar or understand how each style is produced or what to buy at the supermarket or wine store, because the price is never the only nor the most important variable.

There are also myths that overshadow the experience such as. Some examples. Are wines with screw caps bad? Do good wines always have heavy, deep-bottomed bottles? Do white people cause headaches? Is wine drunk at room temperature? These doubts, and others, are some of the beliefs that keep consumers away from our national drink, because they lead them to think that they know nothing about wines.

Without a doubt, wine is part of our history, just as it was that of our ancestors. It is present on our table, it is food and it is Argentine culture. So, What is the best wine? The best wine, the most valuable, is always the one you like the most. Is it that simple? It’s that simple, and the great thing about wine is that, as in music, its variations and harmonies are so many, that knowing the way it is produced, the characteristics of the wine regions and the meticulous care of the vine will make you enjoy it more. and better.

Sommelier, bartender, graduate in communication and author of the book “I tell you about the wine.”

Source: Ambito

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