Conquista Torrontés 2008 and Guacamole

Posted by on Jan 13, 2010 in Food Pairings, How to ..., Wine | No Comments

Wine and SurvivalConquista Torrontés Wine with gaucamole ingredients © 2010 Gary Allard

If it weren’t for the warmth of friends and neighbors—and friendly invitations to share a bottle of wine—I’d probably give in to my propensity to sleep the winter away. So when my next-door neighbors called with an impromptu offer for dinner at their place, I seized the opportunity.

Social connections are the key to survival in the Minnesota tundra. A glass of crisp Torrontés and some fresh, yummy guacamole doesn’t hurt, either.

 

White Wine Info

Bottle  Conquista

Grape   Torrontés
Year       2008
Region  Argentina
Price     ~$8.00
Shop     France 44
Food Pairing 
Asian and Mexican cuisine, chicken, fish, guacamoleMore wines to pair with guacamole:

Champagne
Chardonnay
Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Grigio

The lack of vegetation this time of year has me craving bright green, lush avocados. Try my favorite guac recipe—a perfect pairing for this Argentine white:

World’s Best Guacamole Recipe

  • 3 Haas avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tabasco to taste

Mash avocados and lime juice with a fork. Mix in remaining ingredients, transfer mixture to a brightly colored bowl, and serve with tortilla chips.

“You have to try this wine,” my neighbor Annette raved. It was a bottle of Conquista Torrontés, a white wine from Argentina. Because one of my favorite wines of 2009 was also from Argentina, Don Miguel Gascón Malbec, I was eager to give this one a go. It didn’t disappoint. With fresh, tropical flavors, I could almost imagine the snow melting away.

Thanks to friends, wine, and a verdant bowl of guacamole, this winter seemed to get just a smidgen shorter.

Diane Timba is a contributing writer at Thursday Happy Hour. Check out her lifestyle wine column here on Wednesdays. Which wines brighten a dreary day for you? Let Diane know in the comments below. Or chat with her on Facebook.

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