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Fred Taskers Argentine Wine Suggestions

Fred, wine suggestions from Linda’s Food News and Views program on National Public Radio

When you visit Argentina, you must eat red meat. At a restaurant in Buenos Aires, I watched slim, elegant ladies who lunch eating steaks that flopped over both sides of their plates. The only thing you couldn’t get was a salad. And when we ordered the mixed grill, they brought five pounds of meat for the three of us. And one of the cuts turned out to be the udder – sending my daughter running for the bathroom.

And what you drink in Argentina is malbec. This is a grape and wine that originated in France, where it turns out inky and hard as nails and is used to give structure to Bordeaux blends in cold years when they turn out wimpy.
But under the Argentine sun malbec is totally different: Aromas of violets, flavors or black raspberries and milk chocolate. A great wine for steak or empanadas. And they’re pretty cheap. Catena makes a marvelous malbec for $18, and Norton has a very popular one for $10.

Also, surprisingly for a red meat country, Argentina turns out an unusual and delicious white wine called torrontes. It’s crisp and juicy and tangy and it tastes like white grapefruit or maybe lychee. Some people think it’s related to the German grape gewürztraminer.

This is great with fish. Catena also makes a nice torrontes for $11. And Santa Julia makes one for $10.

South Florida Restaurant Scene


RESTAURANT ROUNDABOUT

 

RESTAURANTS METIONED ON LINDA’S FOOD NEWS AND VIEWS PROGRAM

 

Cooper’s Resto Bar

16701 S. Dixie Hwy., Palmetto Bay

305-234-1444

 

Bulldog Barabecue

15400 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami

305-940-9655

www.bulldon-bbq.com

 

 

Gaia Ristorante

101 Ocean Drive on Miami Beach at the Hilton Bentley Hotel

305-672-6624.  Affordable valet parking is available. 

 

I Corsini

560 Washington Avenue on Miami Beach.

531-2323.February.  Valet available. 

 

Christy’s Restaurant

3101 Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables

305-446-1400; ample street parking available. 

www.christysrestaurant.com.

 

Smith & Jones Bar and Grill: Smith & Jones Bar and Grill,

1313 Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale,

(954) 888-8993

www.smithandjones.us

 

Christy’s Restaurant

3101 Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables

305-446-1400;

www.christysrestaurant.com.

 

YOLO Restaurant & O Lounge

333 East Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale,

(954) 523-1000.

www.yolorestaurant.com

 

Scarpetta

Fountainbleau Hotel Miami Beach

 

Red The Steakhouse

119 Washington Ave,

Miami Beach

305-534-3688

 

Da Campo Osteria

3333 NE 32 Ave. Fort Lauderdale

954-226-5017

 

Bova Prime, Ft Lauderdale

401 East Las Olas, Ft. Lauderdale

954.767.6555

 

Origin Asian Bistro

South Miami

305-365-1260

 

La Barraca,

115 S. 20th Ave, Hollywood

(954) 925-0050

 

Mister Yum Thai and Sushi,

S.W. 8th Street, Miami

 

Hy Vong, Vietnamese,

3458 SW 8th St, Miami
305/446-3674

 

Thirty-Two East,

332 East Atlantic Ave,Delray Beach

 (561) 276-7868

 

Lemon Grass, Delray Beach

420 E. Atlantic Ave

561-278-5050

 

Mellow Mushroom, Delray Beach

25 S.E. 6 th. Avenue

(561) 330-3040

 

Senor Burrito’s, Delray Beach

North Federal Highway
(6th Avenue – two blocks South of Atlantic Avenue)

561.278.5757

 

Don Arturo, Cuban

1198 SW 27th Ave

Ft. Lauderdale

954-584-7966

 

Cheen Huaye,

15400 Biscayne Blvd, Miami

(305) 956-2808

 

Tap Tap, South Beach 5th St.

819 Fifth Street, Miami Beach

305 672-2898

 

 

Mykonos Greek Restaurant, Coral Way

1201 Coral Way, Coral Gables

(305) 856-3140

 

Kafa Café Ethiopian

3535 NE 2nd Ave at 36 St. Miami

(305) 438-0114.

 

Piola pizza

1625 Alton Road, Miami Beach

305-674-1660



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