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This limited-edition wine-and-cookbook pack includes three bottles of premium South American wines, along with a copy of revered Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez’s new release: The Latin American Cookbook.
What’s in the case?
Experience the rich tapestry of culture, beauty, and flavour that knits together one of the world’s most intriguing wine and culinary destinations: Latin America.
This limited-edition pack includes three expertly paired South American signatures — Torrontés, Carménère, and Malbec — along with a copy of globally revered Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez’s The Latin American Cookbook, published by Phaidon.
In his new release, Martínez guides you through the 22 countries that make up Latin America with more than 600 authentic recipes that celebrate the colourful nuances of this geographically unique region, from the sunny coasts of Mexico to the icy southern reaches of Chile and Argentina.
This is perfect to gift yourself or someone special.
Bodega Amalaya Torrontés Riesling 2019Cafayate (Salta), Argentina
You’d be forgiven for assuming Mendoza is the sole region of note for Argentine wine; it is, after all, the best-known by far, especially outside South America. But Bodega Amalaya sings the praises of a different place, crafting sustainable, certified-organic wines in Salta’s Cafayate and from some of the highest-altitude vineyards in the world.
Folded into the heart of the Calchaqui Valley, Cafayate boasts vineyards at more than 1,800 metres above sea level. Intense sun pours relentlessly onto the grapes, resulting in powerfully bright and concentrated expressions of the region’s signature Torrontés — a classically fresh, aromatic dry white wine with heady peach and apricot perfume, blended here with an unexpected touch of Riesling in Amalaya’s true daring fashion.
Expect to find
Torrontés accentuated by a splash of Riesling: a lively, fresh, and vibrant dry white. Crisp peach, juicy lychee, tart grapefruit, and refreshing minerality
With the Panamanian curry fried snapper on page 219 of your cookbook — or with your go-to seafood dish
Santa Rita Secret Reserve Carménère 2019Maipo Valley, Chile
Santa Rita’s roots stretch back to 1880, when Don Domingo Fernández Concha revolutionised Chile’’s wine industry by bringing in new varietals, winemakers, and techniques from France. This spirit of innovation has defined the groundbreaker ever since, leaving its mark on everything from the vineyards — where their world-class sustainability programme begins — to the winery, where state-of-the-art technology helps to craft many of Chile’s most prestigious wines.
Santa Rita’s vineyards dot the country’s premier regions, including the revered Maipo Valley, Aconcagua, and Rapel Valley. The latter, ensconced between the mighty Andes and the Pacific’s Coastal Range, plays home to the grapes that make this exemplary reserve Carménère.
Expect to find
A bold, expertly crafted Chilean Carménère, emblematic of the grape’s medium body and fruit-forward nature. Intensely expressive and meticulously structured, with powerful bursts of blackberry, cinnamon, and mocha
With the Mexican lamb barbacoa on page 333 of your cookbook, your choice of hard aged cheese, or your favourite BBQ
Laura Catena La Posta ‘Paulucci’ Malbec 2019Mendoza, Argentina
In the western reaches of Argentina, lush vines run headlong toward the foothills of the soaring Andes. This is Mendoza, where some of the planet’s highest-altitude vineyards produce much of the world’s highest-praised Malbec — exemplified here by this Malbec from fourth-generation winemaker Laura Catena, one of the most influential women in Argentine wine.
An ode to the colourful styles of Malbec produced by different parts of Mendoza, Laura’s La Posta range highlights sustainable wines, each crafted with grapes grown by a single grower in a single vineyard. ‘Paulucci’ honours Angel Paulucci, the nearly 90-year-old Italian who planted his first Malbec vineyard back in 1960 and tended the fruit for this wine in a stunning plot of land in Ugarteche.
Expect to find
A classic Malbec that’s harmonious and expressive. Round and balanced, with bright pops of red cherry, raspberry, and plum shot through with streaks of spice and soft caramel.
With the Argentine short ribs on page 249 of your cookbook — or with your go-to burger