Wine Culture

FIRST CLASS: THE DON'S GUIDE TO TRAVEL

Formula One champion racer and quintessential Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio once said, "You need great passion, because everything you do with great pleasure, you do well."

We've all rolled our eyes at the wine snob who sniffs leather and chocolate from a glass of wine. But the truth is, those aromas and flavors really do exist. To uncover them, it helps to understand the basic elements of a wine.

You're only as good as the company you keep. Same goes for your wine. What you have in your cellar—whether that's a temperature-controlled wine fridge or a shelf that doubles as a wine rack—says a lot about you.

From the base of the snowcapped Andes Mountains, there are rows of green as far as the eye can see. Lit by intense sunlight and fueled by nutrient-rich soils and fresh mountain snowmelt, Mendoza's vineyards soar to 5,000 feet.

Even when the summer hits, Malbec is still a great go-to-wine for even the most sweltering of days. Typically known as a bold, robust wine, Malbec can be surprisingly refreshing, especially when you're outdoors and the temps are rising.

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