Back in Buenos Aires, over yet another mouthwatering steak — this time at La Brigada, a San Telmo parrilla regarded by many as the city’s best — there’s another Malbec in sight, being sipped by a ubiquitous dark-haired Argentine beauty. I recall something the winemaker at Salentein in Mendoza said to me earlier in the week about one of his bottles: “If I were to ask a woman to marry me,” he said, “this is the bottle of wine I would bring to the occasion.”

At these prices, I’ll take a case.

The distance between wineries in argentina can be daunting — these grapes aren’t bunched on top of one another like they are in napa. but there are several reputable outfitters, both stateside and in argentina, who can arrange tours of the areas.

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