There are a million reasons to pick a restaurant. Most you would think would generally have to do with the type of cuisine, reputation, chef, atmosphere, and service. Depending on the occasion, however, a restaurant’s wine list can be a make or break factor in attracting customers. Of all the diverse and eclectic attractions and things to do in Buenos Aires and all of Argentina, food and wine is increasingly present at the top of the list. Apart from wine tastings in Buenos Aires, a showcase of great and original food is of course an exemplary way to at the same time showcase fabulous regional wine. The following highlights 5 places which do exactly that:
Oviedo: A two-story spot at 2602 Beruti, Oviedo offers traditional Spanish and Argentinean dishes with a focus on seafood, a refreshing twist to typical meat-crazed Buenos Aires. The respected owner, Emilio Garip, travels the wine regions in Argentina and abroad to stock a massive, 14,000 bottle cellar, the most impressive in all the city. Specialty bottles are the 2003 Noemia Malbec, 1999 Cheval des Andes and 2001 Angel Mendoza Pura Sangre.
Vinoteca de Palacio: This elegant spot is located at the Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires. The impressive wine list represents and praises its Mediterranean-European style with 3,500 bottles and brands selected by star sommelier Marcelo Rebolé.
Don Julio: This classic parrilla at 4699 Guatemala is famous for its rustic brick layout, as well as quality and robust meat cuts. The list of over 300 Argentine wines ranges from $10 classics to $360 splurges. Bottle purchasers are asked to sign the bottle and describe their meal to put on display all around the restaurant.
La Bourgogne: This “chain’ hardly deserves the stereotypical reputation that a typical chain receives. Located in the Alvear Palace Hotel in Recoleta, this stellar restaurant was inspired and created by French chef Jean Paul Bondoux. Wine is its inspiration noted by its other location at the Hotel Diplomatic in the heart of Mendoza city. Incredible selection. Hand selected wines.
La Vineria de Gualterio Bolivar: This pint size space at 865 Bolivar has a carefully selected tasting course. The Colombian-born sommelier Nicolas Reines hand chooses a selection of about 80 different wines which are all served by the glass to accompany your dishes.
Honorable Mention: La Brigada, La Cabrera, La Cabana, 878, El Obrero. For more info see http://www.foodandwine.com/restaurants/list/buenos-aires/page/1
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