What’s a Blue Dollar?

As we approach the end of a year in which annual inflation is expected to top 50%, it seems like a good moment to write about the blue dollar. Why do you need to know this? Because it makes your holiday in Argentina so much cheaper. In many cases, by using the blue dollar you’re … Continued

Torrontes: the real emblem of Argentine wine

Torrontes is the emblematic variety of Salta province, a superb white wine with a floral bouquet and a crisp, dry finish. Its origins are mysterious and have nothing to do with the Torrontes variety from La Rioja, Spain, with which it was originally confused. DNA testing has now revealed it is a cross between two … Continued

Tango and Skyschlenka

As any visitors to Argentina will discover, this is a nation of individuals with a very sweet tooth. Coke, not water or wine, is the default drink when eating out of an evening: quite how people manage to tuck into a full barbecue without a good Malbec or Tannat to ease it down still mystifies … Continued

World Malbec Day

Why is World Malbec Day on April 17th? As I’m sure you all know, Malbec is a French variety, principally grown in the Cahors region 200km east of Bordeaux, close to the Pyrenees. In the last few years, Malbec, once almost a swear word as it was such a rough variety, has had something of … Continued

Argentina re-opens to tourism

The Prime Minister of my home country, Boris Johnson, unwisely dubbed it “Freedom Day” when the UK liberated itself from most Covid-imposed restrictions on July 19th this year. The result was an uptick in infection rates despite mass vaccinations, and increasing hospital admissions now autumn is setting in. So it’s not Freedom Day today in Argentina, … Continued