They say wine is a family business. Not the mafia type family, mind you.
Gabriel and Monica Blanco exemplify one of these families. They make a line of wines called Mairena that truly illustrates how important their family is to them:
The name Mairena is originally what they wanted to name their oldest daughter, but due to the military dictatorship at the time, this was not possible. The Blanco’s were told that the name “Mairena” did not exist in the book of names that were “acceptable” and “legal” to bestow upon a child and that they would have to pick another name. Reluctantly they did and the indirect result was that they named their wine Mairena and designed the label with the image of a young girl with lovely flowing hair, embossed in the background.
Their Bonarda has 90 points from Robert Parker and their Malbec is also highly rated. Soon their reserve Malbec/Bonarda blend and reserve Bonarda will win many awards as well. Anuva Wines has just introduced these wines to the U.S. market.
The Blanco’s live in Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza where they are surrounded by their family vineyards and make their wines.
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