Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I was lucky enough to spend some time with Laura Catena from Luca Wines today.
Her Luca Malbec 2007 was part of the Spectators Top 100 list this year (#87) .
This is a picture of Laura, with her son Luca ( the namesake of her award winning wine) today at lunch near Japantown in San Francisco.
Just thinking about Laura's hectic schedule makes me tired: emergency room doctor, boutique winery owner, mother and wife,Vice President for her father's huge winery empire (the famous Nicolas Catena). And she does it all with a disarming grace, wit and charm.
Her dedication and enthusiasm about Argentine wines is contagious. Laura's insider tip is to keep your eyes peeled for high quality Torrontes and Cabernet Sauvignon out of her home country. Of course, Argentine Malbec has quickly and deservedly become the other red wine of note this past year or so.
Luca Malbec is available in most states at $38 retail. It is a big beautiful example of Argentine Malbec. Delicious bitter chocolate and dark berry flavors are proceeded by lovely floral, spicy aromas.
Posted by Amy Atwood at 12:21 PM