The Art of the Grape – Where to Find the Best Wine in Buenos Aires

If you’re one of those fancy wine connoisseurs, you’ll probably be interested in Glutton Guide Buenos Aires‘ list of the best wine in Buenos Aires! In a city full of culinary delights, your tongue is sure to be tickled.  

Aldo’s

 

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With over 600 wines on offer, this modern vinoteca in the center of the city is a great starting point to discover Argentine wines from the moment you walk in the door. Daily happy hour specials last from 5-9pm, and different wineries are featured every month. Whether it’s red, white or rosé, if you see something that strikes your fancy, take a bottle or two for later as prices are reasonable.

Anuva Wine Tastings


Oenophiles in Buenos Aires don’t want for chances to try local wine, but Anuva stands out as a complete wine tasting with generous pours. Guests taste five wines from boutique Argentine wineries paired with five traditional Argentine tapas (local cheeses, empanadas, etc). In a beautiful Palermo loft, a sommelier leads a chat on the wines, the vinification process and the history of wine in Argentina. As a bonus, wine is available for purchase and guests from the USA can have cases shipped back home. Or they can join Anuva’s wine club to receive small production Argentine wines every month. While pricier than some other tastings, guests always leave happy.

Bar du Marché

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On one of Palermo’s prettiest tree-lined blocks is this cozy café/wine bar whose mirrored walls, wicker chairs and wine list feel decidedly more parisien than porteño. With over 50 wines available by the glass, some of them imported, this is a great spot for a leisurely lunch, afternoon aperitif or wine and cheese flight paired by the sommelier. Behind the bar and up a flight of stairs is closed-door sushi bar, Omakase. It shares certain dishes and a wine menu, so you won’t need to venture far for an amazing meal. As a bonus, next door is Siete Spirits, a local gem of a wine shop specializing in New World wines. The shop even holds Thursday tastings on their latest acquisitions!

Casa Coupage

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Part closed-door restaurant, part tasting club, this innovative oenogastronomic space was founded on an appreciation for local wine and cuisine. Owners and staff are all sommeliers who make each experience memorable down to the last detail. From the décor of the beautifully renovated Palermo home to sensory surprises between courses, Casa Coupage impresses. The owner curates blind tastings with food pairings monthly, but space is limited to 20 people and spots go quickly. It is easier to secure a table for dinner, where the menu evolves according to the season and inspiration of the chef. Diners can choose from a wine flight of three, five or seven wines to accompany a prix fixe menu or order à la carte.

Gran Bar Danzón


By now a staple in the city, this bar/lounge/restaurant seems to do it all with plenty of panache, as is evidenced by the crowds who turn out night after night. The wine list is impressive, the cocktails are creative and the food is tasty, with an emphasis on seafood and sushi. Arrive early to beat the crowd and take advantage of happy hour specials (which last for the first two hours after opening). With so many options, you may rack up a hefty tab otherwise.

Pain et Vin

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The lovechild of an Argento-Israeli couple, Pain et Vin is a simple yet soulful wine bar and bakery. Eleonora is a sommelier who curates an eclectic wall of wine. Meanwhile, Ohad prefers to remain in the back, churning out homemade sourdough bread from the oven they built from scratch. For lunch or dinner, they have sandwiches, salads and snacks that perfectly accompany the vino. In addition to tasting wine by the glass or taking a bottle to go, they also frequently hold wine tastings from some of the best wineries around. If your Spanish is not up to snuff, don’t let that hold you back! Pain et Vin will always accommodate an English-speaking audience. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events.

Are you craving some nice local snacks to go along with your wine? Be sure to check out Glutton Guide Buenos Aires for a list of surefire winners! 

Hansel and Gretel, Vermont-style – How to Follow the Middlebury Tasting Trail

There are few things better than the variety of eating at a ton of different locations! But if you’re tired and want to sit down for a bit longer, check out Glutton Guide Burlington for some relaxing suggestions.

This compact college town – just an hour drive from Burlington – is the social hub of Addison County. The lush expanse of farmland, forests and apple orchards roll all the way to the edge of Lake Champlain. It is one of Vermont’s most vibrant food communities, with more than its fair share of growers, dairies, vineyards, brewers and distillers.

A handful of these have grouped together to create the Middlebury Tasting Trail, a boozy pilgrimage that takes in the best drinks in the area (don’t forget to bring a designated driver), and almost all of them offer free samples or at least a deal on tastings. The following venues are listed from North to South.

Lincoln Peak Vineyard and Winery 


This family-owned vineyard produces some of the state’s finest wines; don’t miss the La Crescent, a semi-dry white wine with unusual depth for this area or the dry, red Marquette. And even if you generally steer clear of dessert wine “stickies”, try a sip of Lincoln Peak’s Firelight, a rich-tasting wine with a bit of spice to balance the sugary fruit. You can taste five wines for $5, which includes a souvenir glass.

Woodchuck Hard Cider 


The behemoth of Vermont cider is now owned by an international corporation, but if you prefer hard ciders that lean sweet, it is still an enjoyable stop with guided tours.

Stonecutter Spirits 


A husband-and-wife team started this distillery to make their own perfect drink: a highly aromatic, barrel aged gin that is a cocktail unto itself. Stop by on Thursday for cocktails designed by some of Vermont’s most talented bartenders, or just enjoy free samples of gin in the über-stylish, Instagram-baiting tasting room.

Appalachian Gap Distillery 


This tiny, creative distillery offers an entire bar’s worth of spirits: a recent visit included whiskey (aged and white), gin, rum, and a pair of coffee-based bottles. Their most distinctive product might be the Papilio, a tequila-like drink that is distilled from blue agave and maple syrup.

Otter Creek Brewing 


Sample hoppy favorites, seasonal offerings and small-batch one-offs at this large brewery’s onsite pub. The Citra Mantra IPL is an excellent, single-hopped beer with a classic Vermont flavor, but the knowledgeable bartenders can guide to you your perfect beer. Six four-ounce tasting pours will run you just $8. The brewery serves a clutch of sandwiches, salads and nachos to help soak up the beer.

Drop-In Brewing 

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You can find this brewery’s beers on tap around the state, but for the full Drop-In experience, you’ll just have to… well, drop in. Their year-round Heart of Lothian is a remarkable Scottish ale with enormous flavor, while Sunshine and Hoppiness is a bright, crisp golden ale. The brewmaster rotates in new brews by whim and season, and they’re consistently very high quality. $7 will net you a sample of all beers on tap (usually seven total).

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If you’re visiting Middlebury in apple season (summer & fall), or if you’re a hard cider aficionado,
consider adding a trip to Champlain Orchards, an apple orchard and cidery that’s 16 miles (27 km)
southwest of town. Nibble cider donuts and heirloom fruits in the orchard store and explore the tidy
rows of trees, then visit the beverage cooler. Pick up a bottle of their excellent ice cider, an ice wine-
like product that’s rarely found outside of Vermont and Québec, and don’t miss the honey plum cider.
One of the best hard ciders in the state, it starts fruity and ends dry. If you don’t want to make the trek
to Shoreham, many of Champlain Orchard’s ciders are available in local liquor stores.

If you’re not solidly tipsy by the end of this tour, then I reckon you aren’t human. Solidly tipsy people often want food, and this is where Glutton Guide Burlington steps in to save the day! Check out this delicious dictionary for all of Burlington’s classics, whether you’re drunk or not!

 

What Are Pinguinos? (And Why is Wine Served in Them in Buenos Aires?!)

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Food (and drink) culture can sometimes be very specific! Glutton Guide Buenos Aires is here to teach you all about an interesting tradition involving wine and penguins (pinguinos).

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Visitors are in for a kitschy surprise when ordering a house wine at some traditional restaurants – it will likely appear in a penguin-shaped pitcher. But for such a ubiquitous table item, little is known about its origins or why it is a penguin. Aluminum pinguïnos started appearing on Buenos Aires tables around 1940. Wine from Mendoza was often cut with water or soda and then placed into these jugs. Thankfully, restaurants have stopped mixing other substances in the wine and the presence of the (now porcelain) penguin is more nostalgic than functional. Older Argentines still associate penguins with terrible wine, but, like many vintage items, they have come back into fashion as retro. A walk around Palermo boutiques and about 200 pesos will score you one to take back home. Catering to tourists, they come in different sizes and various colors.

In other words, wine and penguins don’t actually have anything in common, but pinguinos are a great wine jug and an even better present to take home from your Buenos Aires trip! But it sure is amusing to learn about the nostalgic and unique culinary traditions of Buenos Aires. If you’re keen to learn more about the food culture in this vibrant city, check out Glutton Guide Buenos Aires! You’ll get to conduct some first-hand research… by eating everything.