A Jewel in Mendoza: Bodega DiamAndes Makes Argentine Wines with French Flair

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From www.blackdresstraveler.com, by Wanda Mann
A Jewel in Mendoza: Bodega DiamAndes Makes Argentine Wines with French Flair

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Bodega DiamAndes

The Bonnie family is no stranger to the wine business. The owners of two renowned châteaux in Bordeaux, in 2005 the Bonnies decided to expand their horizons and embarked on a new winemaking adventure in Mendoza - Bodega DiamAndes. Members of the trailblazing Clos de los Siete group of French winemakers, which was founded by the legendary oenologist Michel Rolland; Bodega DiamAndes partners in the production of the wildly successful Clos de los Siete wine. However, they also produce their own portfolio of Argentine wines and the name DiamAndes is a clever marriage of the words "diamante" (Spanish for “diamond”) and the Andes Mountains that provide the estate's breathtaking backdrop.

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Three members of the Bonnie family - Michèle, Alfred-Alexandre, and their daughter Véronique.

During my recent visit to Mendoza, I had the pleasure of visiting Bodega DiamAndes and sampling their wines over lunch with several members of the Bonnie family. Paired with a delicious homemade meal, the wines displayed versatility, finesse, and were simply a pleasure to drink.  .

DiamAndes Perlita

Perlita_chardonnayFor a great introduction to Bodega DiamAndes, give Perlita ($12) a swirl. A pretty and full-bodied blend of Malbec and Syrah that is aged in French oak barrels, Perlita delivers beautiful flavors of dark fruit and spice. It is a wonderfully nuanced wine at a very accessible price point that will pair perfectly with steak, burgers, and pasta with meat sauce. Perlita Chardonnay ($12) is also a great sip. A fresh and vibrant white wine with lively notes of peach and mango, Perlita Chardonnay is a refreshing aperitif. 

Bodega DiamAndes welcomes visitors for tours, wine tastings, and special events. I highly recommend adding a visit to Bodega DiamAndes to your Mendoza itinerary.
To learn more, visit the Bodega DiamAndes website.

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